Shelter Animals Shine in "Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore"
The age-old battle between cats and dogs has received a modern, high-tech twist in the upcoming family film, “Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,” in which felines and canines unite to try to stop one reckless cat from wreaking havoc and making the whole world her personal scratching post.
As the dog and cat spies overcome their superficial differences to work together for a common good in this movie, to hit theaters nationwide July 30, they also unveil a more subtle message: shelter cats and dogs deserve a second chance.
Nearly 80 percent of the animal actors in this Warner Bros. film, which was made in partnership with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), came from shelters, according to Mark Harden, an animal trainer with Boone’s Animals for Hollywood.
Boone’s adopts and trains animals that have appeared in countless films, TV shows and commercials.
“Failed pets make the best working dogs,” Harden said.
This movie shows that they also make good detectives. The movie is centered on one German Shepherd, Diggs, who can’t quite cut it as a Police K-9 and is in risk of getting placed back into the shelter system. Things start looking up once a group of underground dog detectives pick up on his fearless nature and spunk, and recruit him to stop Kitty Galore, an abandoned cat who tries to seek revenge on humans and dogs alike with a threatening plan.
Rowdy, the 5-year-old dog who played Diggs, appeared at the special New York City screening of “Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” with trainer Harden on Sunday afternoon. Rowdy is an exception in that he was recruited from a breeder, Harden says.
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4 years ago
I have a shelter cat who LOVES to perform! I tried to get him into Hollywood Paws animal acting but I thought it was a scam so I didn't go but my cat easily learns a large amount of tricks as well as he loves other people and animals 2X bigger then he is. :)
I also heard shelter cats are thrown (not literally) on a stage and those who don't run get used and those who do run get adopted out.
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