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The NY Dog Film Festival is an annual celebration of the love between dogs and their people, through short films from around the world that inspire, educate and entertain, benefiting local animal welfare groups that bring people and pets together. The program of eight short includes No Home Without You, Amy Rivard’s “visual poem” about the unconditional love and magic that dogs bring to our lives; Lady B's First Winter: Puppy to Avalanche Dog, Scott Ransom’s documentary about raising a puppy to be an avalanche rescue dog, filmed in the gorgeous Telluride mountains; Finding Shelter, Erin Parks’ documentary following a British family that moves to Bulgaria, where they are so moved by the plight of homeless dogs and cats that they open the first (and therefore controversial) local animal shelter; Dogs Playing for Life: The Playgroup Change, in which Tucker Eurman shows the mutual transformation of shelter dogs and their handlers when Dogs Playing for Life liberates the dogs from their cages into outdoor playgroups; Purebred Love, in which Laura O’Grady follows three purebred dog breeders, their passion for their dogs, and the quirky world of dog showing; and It Takes an Island: Saving the Aruba Cunucu Street Dog, Michael Bulda’s documentary about the determined volunteers working against difficult odds on behalf of the unfortunate street dogs trying to survive on this otherwise beautiful island. There is no nudity, sexual reference, vulgar language or physical or verbal abuse between people—and no animals were harmed—in these films. Any tears you might shed would be tears of joy for happy endings. The films can be watched by all members of the family, but are intended for adults and more mature children.