I just saw a near final edit of the documentary, Lost Dogs, and was completely blown away. I met Vanessa Shulz, the filmmaker, at an event for the Bend Spay and Neuter Project. We connected and I learned the story of how she came to make this film. After seeing that famous YouTube clip about the hero dog in Chile who dodged traffic to rescue his friend dog who had been hit by a car, Vanessa did what no one else did—she decided to go to Chile and find out more about the street dogs there.
The result is a powerful documentary that addresses the situation there and how it symbolizes the worldwide problem of throw-away dogs. These beautiful beings were bred to be our companions, having long lost the ability to survive on their own. As Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Compassionate, driven people like Gabriela and the group of students who have organized to help the dogs are followed in the film. Before we point a finger at Chile, the filmmaker makes it quite clear that this is indeed a worldwide problem. In the United States, millions of dogs are euthanized in shelters every year. Areas exist around the country with massive populations of stray dogs. This is a local and worldwide problem that requires compassion and funds to fix—and FIXING is key.