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Susie’s Hope – Based on a True Story
I first read the back of the “Susie’s Hope“ DVD to find out what it was going to be about. Pretty much anything that focuses on helping animals, I’m in!! It said it was based on a true story, which made this movie already mean so much more than just a fiction movie. Seeing that the people were trying to change the laws for animal abuse got me even more excited to watch it. So many animals in today’s world are being hurt and people are profiting from that. It’s just so wrong.
We’ve been an “adopt-only” animal household for years. Giving an animal a home that they can be comfortable in, and actually add to your family, is a huge thing. Our last dog was named K.C. – we got her at the no-kill shelter in California years ago, when she was just 7 months old. She was with us until the age of almost 18, and we loved her like a daughter. Our son grew up with her, my husband and I had had her when we were just dating, and then when we became a family, she was right there with us. Losing her was a very hard thing, but we praise God for the many blessed years we had together with this special dog.
We now have “Buddy”, who is a Rott/Shepherd mix, that was a runaway from a puppy mill that got raided in the town down the hill from us. A friend that my husband works with found him in his yard, and couldn’t keep him, so when they were taking him to the pound, we intervened and took him home instead! He’s now my husband’s 100+ pound lap dog, and we love him so much!
This movie helps show that an animals love can make a huge difference in your life, in bad times and in good times. Seeing the lady in the movie who had been attacked by a dog, still have the love to save another meant a lot. Some dogs are taught to be mean and we just have to try and stop that.
Animals matter and they have a huge heart for people who love them. We need to take a stand and make a difference in the laws that make people accountable for cruelty to any animal. Like I always hear, something starting as small as injuring an animal can escalate to be one that injures a child, etc. It could get a lot worse.
Let’s join with Susie and give the other animals that are suffering some hope in this world. Even by donating a bag of food to a local shelter can make a huge difference. Enter to win a copy of the movie below and also see all of the information on the nonprofit that Susie is a part of – it would be a blessing if you could take the time to donate…either here or at your local shelter. 🙂
About the Movie:
Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as thyey lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, The Twighlight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.
Directed by: Jerry Rees
Screenplay by: Jerry Rees and Dan A. R. Kelly
Produced by: Susie’s Hope Movie, LLC in association with Stone’s Throw Films, Inc. and ALTAIR Casting & Production Services
Executive Producers: Eve Roser, Brian Gavigan, Tami Hendrix & Donna Lawrence
“Susie Q,” performed by Charlie Daniels for the hit film Susie’s Hope !
This classic tune by Dale Hawkins, Jr., Eleanor Broadwater and Stanley Lewis, features the Charlie Daniels Band with Carolyn Corlew on background vocals. Recorded at Blackbird Recording Studios in Nashville, TN.
About the Nonprofit:
Our mission is to help end the epidemic of animal abuse that has spread throughout our nation by creating awareness of the problem and by providing education about its solution and prevention. Susie and I have embarked on a personal journey to educate people of all ages about animal abuse, the proper way to roperly care for their pets. We encourage people to respect all animals, whether owned or stray, purebred or mixed breed, loved or neglected and abused. We believe that no one should ever hurt any of God’s creatures, and we teach children that animals have feelings and experience pain just as humans do.
We also teach children that having a pet is a huge responsibility and that before adopting an animal, the family must be sure that they have enough time, devotion, and love to give to their pet. We also teach children about staying safe and avoiding injury when they are around animals they don’t know.
~Donna Smith Lawrence & Susie
Susie made it out of her tragedy alive, but other dogs aren’t so lucky. Unfortunately, Susie is not the only dog who has ever been hurt by someone they love.
Animal cruelty is a problem in North Carolina and across America. We made a difference by passing Susie’s Law, but that only protects animals after violence has been done. The best solution would be to stop animal abuse before it even starts.
One person can make a difference
That’s why we need your help. We visit all kinds of organizations in order to talk to both kids and adults about animal abuse, sensitivity to pets and how to care for pets. These organizations range from schools to churches, but one thing they all have in common is that they are usually community groups without the deep pockets of larger organizations. Your contribution will help us keep up this very important work.
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Susie was found nearly dead in Greenfield Park in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 20, 2009. Just a puppy, Susie had licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby. Her owner became violent—she was beaten so severely her jaw was broken. That wasn’t enough, though. She was then set on fire and left for dead. Incredibly and against all odds Susie survived. Donna Lawrence adopted her two months later. Susie is now a trained therapy dog and event won the American Humane Association’s American Hero Dog this year!
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