The Bow Wow Film Festival returns to Montrose Sunday, Oct. 21, with dog-centric films for the whole family.

The festival opens at 4 p.m. that day, at Turn of The Century Saloon, 121 N. Fourth St. in Montrose, and benefits Second Chance Humane Society of Ridgway.

Shows run from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.; popcorn and snacks available for purchase.

Each year Bow Wow Film Festival brings new, innovative movies. These short films celebrate the varied ways dogs bring us joy and provide service in the world — and don’t be surprised if there’s a movie about felines tossed in for the cat lovers.

Bow Wow films are crafted by filmmakers who are amazing storytellers, animators and artists, as seen in our 90 wonderful minutes of award-winning, funny, and poignant shorts.

For 2018-19, the Ask Frank - Advice for Dogs returns. As well, the film fest offers “Stacy’s Cute Rescue Dog” and the touching story of how a Montana-based organization is helping to catch poachers in the wilds of Africa, and more.

“We are so excited about the 2018-19 Tour! The movies are phenomenal and we cannot wait to get out and share the event with our co-hosting organizations”, said Susan Kelley, the festival’s founder and director, in a news release.

“Like Second Chance, many of our organizations are now hosting their event for the fourth year and have created a wonderful community event for filmgoers. You can’t help but have a wonderful time at a Bow Wow.”

The Bow Wow Film Festival is a Boulder-based festival that celebrates, educates and inspires all things dog, through the art of short film. Bow Wow partners with animal welfare organizations, such as Second Chance, across the country to raise money and awareness.

All proceeds from the local ticket sales benefit Second Chance. In the first three years of touring, Bow Wow co-hosted over 100 shows and raised more than $175,000 for animal welfare groups.

Purchase tickets and see a trailer with this year’s film selections at www.bowwowfilmfest.com. Advance tickets are $12 general admission and $8 for kids 12 and younger.

At the door, tickets will be $15 general admission and $12 for 12 and younger. Details: adoptmountainpets.org/events.

Dogs should remain home watching Lassie reruns, with the exception of service dogs.

Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shops service San Miguel, Ouray and Montrose counties.

Call the SCHS helpline at 970-626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS spay/neuter, volunteer, feral cat, or other programs.

View shelter pets and services online: www.adoptmountainpets.org.

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