St. Joseph students sing at premiere of documentary

St. Joseph students sing at premiere of documentary

Photo by Alan M. Dumoff

phanatic-webThe Philly Phanatic greets Dennis Maiorano, who holds Summer, a dog he adopted through M.O.M.S. (Making of Miracle Stories) Animal Rescue, at a showing of a film about the organization at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia Aug. 19. Students from St. Joseph School, Hammonton, sang at the event.

In a packed concert hall in North Philadelphia the night of Thursday, Aug. 19, animal lovers and their furry friends came together to celebrate the completion of a film that showcasing the work of a Hammonton animal rescue organization.

M.O.M.S. (Making of Miracle Stories) Animal Rescue showed their film “Take Me Home: The true story of the Georgia Puppy Caravan,” produced by Ningun Films at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia.

In August 2009, individuals from South Jersey, including students from St. Joseph’s Regional School in Hammonton, rode RVs, cars, trucks left Lindenwold for Summerville, Georgia, to pick up dogs and cats in an animal shelter where, sooner or later, the animals would lose their lives. Taking 138 animals from Chattooga Animal Control, the Georgia Puppy Caravan brought them back to South Jersey, and placed in rescue homes.

The documentary highlights the importance of humane treatment for animals and of pressuring government officials to provide proper funds to shelters that would allow them to give animals adequate care.

On hand for the documentary viewing were friends and sponsors of the effort, which included local and national animal rescue organizations, and students from St. Joseph’s Regional School. M.O.M.S. started as a spin-off from Paws for a Cause, which has also raised awareness of the plight of animals living in overcrowded shelters.

Before the film, a song created specifically for the documentary, “Hold On,” was performed by North Carolina singer/songwriter Melissa Pascoe, with St. Joseph’s students. Last December, Pascoe and students recorded another song, “That’s The Thing,” in Vineland, also used in the documentary.

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