Fort Lauderdale no-kill animal shelter celebrates 25th anniversary with documentary

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Abandoned Pet Rescue, a no-kill animal shelter in Fort Lauderdale, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the premiere of a documentary film called STRAY by Director Elizabeth Lo.

“STRAY explores what it means to live as a being in Istanbul without status or security, following three strays as they embark on inconspicuous journeys through Turkish society,” a news release stated. “Zeytin, fiercely independent, embarks on adventures through the city at night; Nazar, nurturing and protective, easily befriends the humans around her; while Kartal, a shy puppy living on the outskirts of a construction site, finds companions in the security guards who care for her.”

The stray animals’ lives intersect when they each form close bonds with a group of young Syrians who they share the streets with.

“Lo’s award-winning film is a critical observation of human civilization through the unfamiliar gaze of dogs and a sensory voyage into new ways of seeing,” the news release stated.

The film premieres on Sunday, March 21 at 7 p.m. in support of the shelter.

Click here to watch it on that date.

The Abandoned Pet Rescue shelter is located at 1137 NE Ninth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale.

More than 10,000 dogs and cats have been adopted from the shelter since they opened, including 400 last year.


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