If you're looking for a dose of wiggly, waggy, puppy-dog cuteness in Free Puppies!, you won't be disappointed but along with it, you'll gain a new awareness of a chronically overlooked crisis that's dogging the rural American South. Skimpy funding for shelters, high rates of poverty, and a warm climate have led to an overwhelming influx of stray dogs with nowhere to go. Directors Samantha Wishman and Christina Thomas narrow their focus to Dade County in northwest Georgia, where an intrepid group of local women has stepped up to compensate for the lack of an operating animal shelter. Their grassroots efforts to start up a spay-and-neuter program, rescue countless adorable strays from euthanasia and neglect, and place them in loving "forever homes" will pluck at the heartstrings of any dog person.
Hollydale Productions ; produced and directed by Samantha Wishman, Christina Thomas.
Originally released as a documentary film in 2022.
Special features: Deleted scenes ; "The story of Piglet: the deaf, blind, pink puppy" featurette ; Recordings from Cook Sound Studios.
Director, Samantha Wishman
DVD, region 1, widescreen presentation, Dolby Digital 5.0.