Posted: 01.30.13/15:25

Benita Raphan: Pete the Dog

​Filmmaker Benita Raphan is shooting a 60-minute essay film and needs your help. “Pete The Dog” will profile Benita’s experiences surrounding the adoption of a dog from the ASPCA. “I thought that I was going to get a happy-go-lucky jogging partner” says Benita. “Little did I realize that I was adopting the best kind of companion a (solitary and) intensely-focused artist could have: someone non-judgmental, affectionate and playful, and extremely loyal.” 

Unfortunately, my urban apartment life was not right for Pete’s extremely anxious temperament, and things just got worse and worse for him, despite our loving bond and all the care I tried to give him. The stated ASPCA policy is that their priority is to keep pets with their adoptive families, and that they offer lifetime behavioral care for the animals that they adopt out, however they continually ignored my appeals for information and assistance. As a result, I personally spent over one hundred hours consulting with experts and thousands of dollars on professional advice and treatments.” 

Benita is looking for funding assistance via RocketHub. Every dollar helps. Fundraising ends Feb 28.