RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The producers of the animated feature film Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero are working with the Richmond SPCA to honor the legacy of the film's heroic dog.
The film will be in theaters on April 13, and five percent of the proceeds from participating theaters on opening night will be donated to the Richmond SPCA.
The movie tells the true story of a stray dog from Connecticut, who went to Europe to fight in World War I. While It may look like just another animated film for kids, the larger-than-life story of Sgt. Stubby is one rooted in our nation's history.
"He became one of the nation's very first decorated war dogs, but he started off life as a stray," said Tabitha Treloar, Director of Communications at the Richmond SPCA.
While most pets don't serve in war or become American icons, the lesson remains true - that great things can have humble beginnings.
"That message of homeless to hero is one that can resonate today, and there are dogs at the Richmond SPCA and cats too that are wonderful companions who are deserving of a lifelong home with lots of love," said Treloar.
That's why Fun Academy Pictures, the studio that's producing Sgt. Stubby, is donating five percent of Sgt. Stubby's box office earnings Friday night to the Richmond SPCA.
"We care for more than 4,000 homeless dogs and cats annually and for more than 3,500 of those we provide lifesaving veterinary care," said Treloar.
That means dogs and cats at the Richmond SPCA will benefit with each ticket purchased in the Richmond area to a screening of a Sgt. Stubby.
"The Richmond SPCA changes lives for homeless cats and dogs everyday, so we're just really delighted to promote this movie," said Treloar.
If you would like to support this movie and the Richmond SPCA all you have to do is buy a ticket for any showing starting at 5pm through the night.
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