Screening of SMART (Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team) Documentary with film maker Q&A

Apr 6, 2017

We are lucky to live here in dog-friendly Colorado, but even here harrowing stories of animal rescue take place nearly every day. In Denver, My Fairy Dawg Rescue works to place homeless, abandoned shelter animals into safe and loving forever homes. However, as anyone who works in animal rescue can tell you, sometimes saving animals from dangerous situations the get themselves into is the hardest part of the job. In order to raise community awareness, My Fairy Dawg Mother has arranged a screening of an award-wining documentary film, SMART: Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team, which will screen at the Mayan Theatre on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:30pm. The filmmakers will also be on hand to answer questions about SMART and the filmmaking process.

SMART captures the heart and soul of a unique team of Animal Control officers in Los Angeles, California, who specialize in saving animals most at risk. The documentary, directed by Justin Zimmerman (“Fireland,” “The Titanic of Southampton”) and executive produced by Kimberly Zimmerman, is being distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. The 74-minute film has been an Official Selection at 19 festivals, nominated for 12 awards and won 7 including Best Feature, Best Documentary, Audience Award and Best Photography. SMART team members are doggedly determined to save animals. Their passion for alleviating animal suffering has always guided their path through life. “We will do anything and everything we can to rescue an animal,” said Annette Ramirez, Animal Services Personnel and SMART team member. “We’ll go buy whatever it is we need. It’s not unusual to go to the store and put down $500 on some equipment…out of our own pocket. We just really believe in what we are doing.” The first of its kind in the United States, SMART is a uniquely trained unit within the Animal Services division that risks life and limb to rescue domestic and wild animals in the most precarious situations. Since its inception, SMART has won the Higgins & Langley Award, the top accolade for swift water rescue teams globally. The team also makes school visits at least once a month and participates regularly in emergency preparedness fairs.

MY FAIRY DAWG MOTHER RESCUE will be on hand to answer questions and discuss what can be done locally to help improve the quality of lives of our animals. 

My Fairy Dawg Mother Rescue was founded in an effort to save abused and neglected dogs from across the United States and pair them with loving and stable Colorado families. We are a Colorado based non-profit dog rescue that advocates finding the perfect long term home for each dog that is brought under the rescue umbrella.

We are a Colorado based non-profit dog rescue that advocates finding the perfect long term home for each dog that is brought under the rescue umbrella. The dog rescue was established in early 2011. My Fairy Dawg Mother Rescue, Inc. boasts a 100% success rate with over 500 dogs that have been placed since the creation of the rescue.

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### To confirm attendance at the screening or to interview someone from My Fairy Dawg Mother Rescue or a member of the SMART film crew please email: Kelly Wulf at or call 303-550-2237.###