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New documentary ‘A True Love Story’ advocates for homeless senior dogs

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BUCKSPORT - When I met filmmaker Keith Travers at Bangor Humane Society’s 26th edition of Paws on Parade last Saturday, he shared with me news about a new documentary he has created called “A True Love Story,” about Old Dogs New Digs, a Maine-based volunteer organization dedicated to senior dog rescues.

The 30-minute film will be screened on Sunday, October 6, at 11 a.m., at the Alamo Theatre, 85 Main St. in Bucksport. Tickets will be priced at $10 with all proceeds going to Old Dogs New Digs.

According to Travers, he was inspired to put this short film together when his wife Danielle, of Stray Duck Foto of Carmel, came home raving about a photo shoot she had done for Old Dogs New Digs.

“When she told me their story, I realized that this would be a great subject for a documentary,” Travers told me. “I started going with her on photo shoots and interviewed people about what they go through and what it means to them to provide a foster home for these wonderful animals.”

Travers said he was intrigued about the mission of Old Dogs New Digs – a Maine-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2016 by a handful of friends who have a soft spot for senior dogs waiting in shelters for a home or a family.

“It’s more difficult for senior dogs to get adopted,” Travers says. “Sometimes they will sit in a shelter for – sadly, for the rest of their lives sometimes. People are usually looking for puppies or younger dogs that can grow up with their kids. It’s a little more urgent for the senior dogs to at least get fostered to get them out of the shelter.”

According to Travers, the movie covers a wide range of emotions, but he assures readers that there is nothing upsetting in the film. He says it is a family-friendly film designed for all ages.

Travers began filming last December and wrapped up in June of this year, shortly before his film premiered in Brunswick at Evening Star Cinema.

The screening scheduled at the Alamo Theatre will include a discussion about the film and the mission of Old Dogs New Digs, an organization that has developed a considerable support base in its brief existence. Travers spoke with a number of the group’s supporters during the course of filming “A True Love Story.”

“Because of the mission of Old Dogs New Digs, I had several people step up to share their story,” he said. “We went to their homes, Danielle took photos and I interviewed the people and took video of the dogs.”

Travers said his primary purpose in putting the movie together was to bring awareness to the act of fostering homeless animals.

“I’m not sure that a lot of people understand what fostering is really about,” said Travers. “It begins with people reaching out to an organization like Old Dogs New Digs. They’ll probably fill out some forms and consent to a home check. They do a vet check to make sure everything is good there. They put the profiles of these dogs online and then people can meet them. If you have other pets, they’ll want to see the dog interact with those pets to make sure things go well. Assuming they do, the dog goes home with you.”

Travers said that one of the common themes among the subjects he interviewed for “A True Love Story” is how rewarding it is to foster senior dogs.

“They all said that it greatly enriched their lives to do this for these dogs,” Travers says. “Whether you’re helping people, or you are helping animals, it makes you feel good and this one of the film’s overall messages.”

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