Dade County reflects on local nonprofit documentary

Dade County Pet Project committed to educating community on South's pet overpopulation issue

TRENTON, Georgia (WDEF) — It’s lights, camera, action in Dade County!

The community is getting ready for a local screening of the film “Free Puppies,” which follows the works of a local pet-centered nonprofit.

The Dade County Pet Project’s focus is to prevent “unwanted litters of puppies and kittens” by transporting them to a low-cost spay and neuter clinic.

It’s an issue that the film shines a light on, particularly in the rural South.

Filmed primarily in Dade County, Georgia, the movie shines a light on the South’s ongoing problem with animal overpopulation.

The Pet Project’s Monda Wooten credited the filmmakers for their three years of work and grit.

“They went on a transport up north with a bus-load of dogs,” Wooten said. “They went to a hoarding situation with us. They really got down in there, got fleas all over them. They really saw the good, the bad and the ugly.”

In her 25 years of animal rescue work, Wooten says the documentary helped her gain a new understanding on overpopulation.

She says it’s not so much about “neglect and abuse,” as it is a lack of education and resources.

“I’ve learned that sometimes when you can work with people, help educate them and maybe help supply some of those resources, they can make a difference,” Wooten said. “I am looking at it in a different way.”

Others in the county have also had positive impressions after watching the film.

Some in the community even directly assisted in the movie’s composition and cinematography.

“The thing that really struck me about what I saw in the preview of the movie is that this is about how to fix a problem without placing blame,” said Dade County Public Information Officer Carey Fauscett-Anderson That was something that really impressed me about just the small clip that you can see online.

“It’s a family movie and you’re going to love your pets more when you go home,” said Dade Couty Resident Lawhoma Brakeman. “You’ll make sure no one will be mistreating other pets out there and love them and take care of them. We’re going to teach them how to take care of these animals.”

The community screening of the movie is scheduled to be held on Saturday, October 22 at the Dade County High School Auditorium.

Tickets cost seven dollars and all proceeds will directly go toward the nonprofit’s efforts to further spay and neuter animals in the community.

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