While film festival goes to the dogs, animal shelter benefits

Proceeds from an upcoming film festival celebrating dogs will benefit the Roice-Hurst Humane Society in Grand Junction.

Showings of the Bow Wow Film Festival are set for 1 and 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Avalon Theater, 645 Main St. Tickets sell for $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets for children 12 and under sell for $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets are available online at www.monumentaltix.com.

“We are excited to host the Bow Wow Film Festival once again because it is a moving celebration of the bonds between people and dogs,” said Anna Stout, executive director of the Roice-Hurst Humane Society. “This is a wonderful way to support the dogs and cats at Roice-Hurst while spending quality time with loved ones watching beautiful short films that highlight just how amazing pets are.”

The Bow Wow Film Festival travels the country to raise money and awareness for animal welfare organizations, including humane societies, pet food pantries and service dog groups. In four years of touring, the festival has co-hosted more than 100 shows and raised more than $225,000. The latest festival will include “Ask Frank — Advice for Dogs,” “Stacy’s Cute Rescue Dog” set in Alaska and a film about how a Montana-based organization helps catch poachers in Africa.

A nonprofit shelter and adoption center, the Roice-Hurst Humane Society cares for an average of 1,000 dogs and cats each year. For more information, visit www.rhhumanesociety.org.