CULVER CITY, California (PRNewswire) — Sony Pictures Entertainment and the Humane Society of the United States kicked off their collaboration at an advance screening of A Dog’s Way Home for veterans and their families in the DC area.
A Dog’s Way Home will be released in theaters nationwide on January 11, 2019.
Through the movie, Sony and HSUS are promoting Operation Hero-Animal Bond, a program developed by HSUS and the Veterans Health Administration that connects veterans with qualified shelter pets.
Operation Hero-Animal Bond was developed to bring purpose, structure and unconditional love into veterans’ lives and give adoptable shelter pets loving homes.
The initiative also aims to improve the health and well-being of veterans through the human-animal bond, as well as the social interaction and development of regular exercise routines that come with having a pet.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to team up with the Humane Society of the United States in helping real-life service women and men to form the bonds with animals that will help them overcome the challenges they face,” said Gavin Polone, producer of A Dog’s Way Home.
In the film, the character played by Ashley Judd is an army veteran who suffers from PTSD and the movie shows how the human-animal bond can be invaluable to improving the lives of people like her.
A Dog’s Way Home chronicles the heartwarming adventure of Bella, a dog who embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her beloved human, Lucas, an aspiring medical student and VA hospital volunteer.
A Dog’s Way Home also stars Jonah Hauer-King, Edward James Olmos and Alexandra Shipp. The film is directed by Charles Martin Smith from a screenplay by W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon, based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron, and produced by Gavin Polone.