Film Screening at Downing to Benefit SPCA

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale to be shown July 5, 6 and 7

It is every animal rescuer’s nightmare: a predawn call that the shelter is on fire. The Hudson Valley SPCA in New Windsor, New York, awoke to a fire March 23, apparently sparked by a dryer hose. Two dogs, Harley and Johnny, were lost in the blaze. Five others suffered burns and smoke inhalation and continue treatment. More than 20 displaced dogs have been placed in foster care. The SPCA hopes to find funds needed to pay mounting veterinary bills and rebuild.


A scene from Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

The Downing Film Center will conduct a fundraiser for the SPCA of Orange County on July 5, 6 and 7, with the screening of the film Hachi: A Dog’s Tale. The goal is to give all proceeds from ticket sales to the SPCA.

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale is based on the 1987 Japanese film Hachiko Monogatari, as well as on a true story. Hachi stars Richard Gere as a college professor who finds an abandoned dog and takes the poor lost animal in. The rating is G – suitable for families. Show times are Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6 at noon; Monday, July 7 at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $8, purchased at the box office or in advance at Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The film will be sponsored by Brian and Sharon Burke, and John and Barbara McDonald.

The Downing Film Center is located at 19 Front St., Newburgh. Call 845-561-8050, ext. 17 and leave a message.

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