September 18, 2020

Dogs, Cats and Scapegoats Movie Shines Light on the Plight of Companion Animals


MESA, Ariz., Sept. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Sandgrain Films has thrown down the gauntlet in the new groundbreaking documentary Dogs, Cats and Scapegoats, which takes a unique approach to expose the root causes of the plight of our companion animals in the United States. Beyond the statistics of euthanasia and adoption, society’s complex and sometimes conflicted relationship with animals is explored to better understand why the cycle of breeding to relinquishment remains entrenched in American society.  The trailer and full documentary has been made available for free streaming online via the movie’s website and through the Facebook page

Dogs, Cats and Scapegoats has been dubbed by author Marc Bekoff, PhD as a “game changer” and an “encyclopedic coverage” of the subject matter. The documentary leaves few stones unturned during the exploration of pet keeping, putting long held beliefs under the microscope. Breeding, adoption, abandonment, and training are dissected in order to uncover the root causes of companion animal welfare issues. The answers often take a different form than society is used to hearing, unpacking an incredibly thought provoking exploration of our relationships with our closest companions.

The films director, Hugh Dorigo, draws from interviews with some of the most brilliant minds in animal behavior and ethics, representatives of national animal welfare organizations, and people on the front lines of animal rescue. A world of incompatible beliefs and realities is revealed to the viewer, giving them the information to decide for themselves if it is change they want and if they are willing to do what is necessary to achieve it.

The films director said: “Once we acknowledge the multifactorial causes of welfare problems with our companion animals, we open up doors of opportunity previously closed to us that enable solutions, whether they be legislative remedies or working together to change the social norms that drive many of these problems.”

Sandgrain Films is a documentary production company based in Mesa, Arizona.  Their previous documentary, Beyond Closed Doors, addressed the science, ethics and politics of farm animal welfare, and received numerous film festival awards.

For further information, contact the film’s director Hugh Dorigo at or (480) 409-1815

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