Even if you're not the biggest pet lover out there (like me), it's still hard to hear about the injustices done to animals by those who simply don't care. Be it neglect or physical abuse, animal cruelty nearly always brings a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye. When I learned about the nonprofit organization Susie's Hope, which strives to provide education to people of all ages about animal abuse and hopes to end it, I was happy to be able to review the film! It's based on the true story of Susie's Hope founder Donna Lawrence and her struggle to forgive and love.
Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as thyey lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, The Twighlight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.
Fair warning: tears will be shed! This film believably recreates a scenario that could happen to anyone. A pregnant woman (Donna Lawrence) tries to help a neglected animal and in turn is nearly killed. There's a twist here I wasn't expecting that had me choked-up, I'll leave it at that so as not to spoil it for 'ya. Donna recovers and, as you can see from the synopsis above, accepts another injured soul into her life. Both animal and human actors did a great job in telling this story. It is a true testament to the power that even one person (or animal!) can hold when they stick to their guns and truly believe in something. Donna and Susie successfully helped pass a law to enforce stricter punishments for animal abusers, and they continue to campaign today to promote education and awareness!
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