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Festival to benefit ACTion Programs for Animals and other animal groups

Las Cruces, New Mexico – Head to the Fountain Theatre, grab some popcorn and sit back and relax. While you watch films that illuminate human-canine love, you’ll also be supporting the life-saving ACTion Programs for Animals, as well as the Spay Neuter Action Program.

Traveling to dozens of cities this year, the NY Dog Film Festival™ will stop at the Fountain Theatre in Mesilla Friday, Nov. 24 through Thursday, Nov. 30.

Made possible by a grant from the non-profit Petco Foundation, the Dog Film Festival is a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and people. The film festival supports a local life-saving shelter wherever it goes. A portion of every ticket sold for the Fountain Theatre showings will benefit ACTion Programs for Animals and the Spay Neuter Action Program.

Show time is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24 through Wednesday, Nov. 29. Matinees are 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26 and 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30. Each program runs approximately 70 minutes and will screen on alternating days. Tickets for the evening showings are $7, tickets for the matinees Thursday and Sunday are $6, and tickets for Mesilla Valley Film Society members are $5. Seniors over 60, military and students with IDs are $6. The Wednesday 7:30 p.m. is $5 for everyone. Tickets may be purchased at the door. The Fountain Theatre is located at 2469 Calle De Guadalupe.

Perfect for dog lovers of all ages, the NY Dog Film Festival™ includes two programs that feature a different medley of documentary, animated and live-action short canine-themed films from around the world.

NY Dog Film Festival™ founder and director Tracie Hotchner, a well-known pet wellness advocate and author of The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know, will bring local dog aficionados together to share a communal experience of watching short films that celebrate the remarkable bond between people and dogs.

The festival shares Hotchner’s appreciation of the love between dogs and their people, and a portion of every ticket is given to the local animal welfare group to support its animal life-saving efforts.

“I’m delighted for animal lovers in the community to experience the many ways that people love and need their dogs, while recognizing the great work of a local shelter in bringing pets and their people together,” said Hotchner, who is also the host and producer of 10 pet talk radio shows on her Radio Pet Lady Network, including her award-winning NPR show DOG TALK.

“I’ve seen firsthand what it’s like for a passionate community of pet lovers to come together to share this entertaining, uplifting celebration of the human-canine bond.”

Complete descriptions of the two showings may be found at  For more information, visit


About the NY Dog Film Festival

In 2015 the first NY Dog Film Festival™ premiered in New York City, which grew out of Tracie Hotchner’s desire as a pet wellness advocate to expand her Radio Pet Lady Network’s outreach to educate the public about adoption, health issues and philosophical aspects of pets in our lives. Hotchner created the Festival as a unique way of honoring dogs as true family members by bringing together like-minded people to experience the remarkable human-canine bond on film. The NY Dog Film Festival™ shares proceeds from its ticket sales with local shelters wherever it travels.

About ACTion Programs for Animals

APA is a progressive animal welfare organization seeking to improve the quality of life for companion animals in Dona Ana County and greatly reduce the number of unwanted animals impounded and euthanized at the municipal shelter. Since May 2012, more than 3000 animals have been rescued. The majority of these have been dogs and cats/kittens pulled from our municipal shelter. They are able to do this through volunteer work of rescue/foster coordinators, foster families, weekend adoptions, and donations.  For more information about APA, email, call 575-644-0505 or visit

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