In light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, we are postponing the To Be Of Service screenings. We are excited to share this powerful film with you and will update you with new dates as soon as we can. Stay healthy!
The mission of the Dogtopia Foundation is to enable dogs to positively change our world.
With that, we are proud to partner with Dogtopia daycares around the nation to support the documentary To Be of Service. This powerful film, directed by Academy Award Nominee Josh Aronson (Sound and Fury, Talent Has Hunger), follows the lives of returning war veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress and how service dogs have changed their lives.
The film introduces us to veterans who had been virtual shut-ins, torn by their guilt, shame and memories who are now forced to take responsibility for another life – their service dog, who loves them unconditionally and is trained to get his owner out, protect him and to return him to life. The veteran, who has had no comrades since his time at war, bonds with his dog and soon realizes, for the first time since his service, he has a new battle buddy who will go to the ends of the earth to support and protect his owner. These relationships are powerful and healing.
Beginning in February through September 2020, Dogtopia and the Dogtopia Foundation will bring this film to 10 major markets across the nation:
You can learn more about this film at https://www.tobeofservicefilm.com/. You can learn more about location and ticketing information on this site, soon.
Additionally, this film seeks to bring awareness on the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers, or PAWS Act of 2017, that would direct the Department of Veteran Affairs to carry out a grant program to eligible nonprofit organizations to provide service dogs to veterans who suffer from PTSD. With an estimated 20 veterans dying by suicide per day, Congress members are hoping to reduce these numbers with the help and love of trained service dogs. Learn more and read the proposed bill here.
The impact of service dogs stretches far beyond what we can see and is many times a life-saving treatment. Your support is greatly appreciated – consider donating today to help our servicemen and women in their path towards positive health and wellness.