America has a nasty secret - puppy mills! All of those cute puppies who are sold in pet stores come from "puppy mills" where their mothers spend their entire lives in tiny, unsanitary cages, never walked, never petted, never doing anything but making puppies. When these dogs can no longer produce litters or money for their owners, they are put to death - stoned, shot, drowned or starved.
Madonna of the Mills is a documentary about Laura, an office manager from Staten Island, who stumbled on this secret four years ago and vowed to save as many of these breeding dogs as she possibly could. Laura has now rescued over 2,000 dogs from Amish and Mennonite farmers in Pennsylvania. In the process, she has forever changed her life and the lives of those families fortunate enough to adopt one of these remarkable “puppy mill” survivors.
Following the screening, join the conversation.
Andy Nibley - Director of Madonna of the Mills
Kathleen Summers - Director of Outreach and Research for the Humane Society of the United States' Puppy Mill campaign
Donna Zeigfinger - Founder of Puppy Mill Meetup Group (http://www.meetup.com/Puppymill-rescue-dogs)
*Donations will be collected for animals impacted by Sandy*
Conversations in the Corridor, (sponsored by Busboys and Poets, the Big Bad Woof, Green Vegan Networking and community activists), gathers activists and community members focused on local issues to promote a shared vision of what it means to live in the Gateway Arts District --Mount Rainier, Brentwood, North Brentwood and Hyattsville--and Prince George's County through the art of conversation. These monthly discussions will span the idea spectrum, addressing politics, arts, education, race, class and culture, among other topics. This series is co-sponsored by Busboys and Poets and members of the community and takes place on the second Sunday of each month from 5:00-7:00pm. Conversations in the Corridor aims to foster honest and open dialogue in a neutral and welcoming space. Free and open to all.