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To celebrate the dogs who give back to our community, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and Animaltalk magazine are hosting a national screening of an upcoming movie, Max #AnimaltalkCares #MaxMovie

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A precision-trained military dog, Max, serves on the frontlines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott. But when things go terribly wrong on maneuvers, Kyle is mortally wounded and Max, traumatised by the loss of his best friend, is unable to remain in service. Shipped stateside, the only human he seems willing to connect with is Kyle’s teenage brother, Justin, so Max is adopted by Kyle’s family, essentially saving his life. But Justin has issues of his own, such as living up to his father’s expectations for him; he isn’t interested in taking responsibility for his brother’s troubled dog.

However, Max may be Justin’s only chance to discover what really happened to his brother that day on the front, and with the help of a tough-talking young teen, Carmen, who has a way with dogs, Justin begins to appreciate his canine companion. Justin’s growing trust in Max helps the four-legged veteran revert back to his heroic self, and as the pair race against time to unravel the mystery, they find more excitement – and danger – than they bargained for. But they might also find an unlikely new best friend … in each other.

View the trailer here.

Cresta Shopping Centre, JHB
Tyger Valley, CT
Galleria, KZN

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Max opens in cinemas on 18 September and Animaltalk is hosting an exclusive national preview screening of the movie. So you can see it first and for free! Screenings will take place on Thursday 10 September at 20h00 in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Amanzimtoti, KZN.

Date: 10 September

Time: 19h30 for 19h45

Venue: We will be hosting the premieres at the following Ster-Kinekor cinemas: Cresta Shopping Centre in Johannesburg, Tyger Valley in Cape Town and Galleria Mall in Amanzimtoti, KZN.

Entrance fee: A donation and/or item such as tin or dry food, blankets, toys, treats – any canine related products.

Bookings: Tickets are limited and need to be pre-booked. Please RSVP to claudia@panorama.co.za by Monday 7 September. Tickets allocated on a first come, first serve basis, maximum 10 per request.

About the organisations:

BVFD K9 Search and Rescue Unit – Cape Town

The BVFD K9 Search and Rescue Unit was born out of a necessity to have Disaster Search Dogs (DSDs) as part of the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) capability within the Fire Departments in South Africa. The K9 team is an integral part of the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team and ensures that valuable time is not wasted in trying to find live victims. DSDs are trained to find live human scent during man-made or natural disasters and to alert the handler on the scent. This enables rescuers to uncover and save these victims in the shortest possible time.

Dogs used for this purpose need to have certain qualities, such as being shockproof (not scared of loud noises), high play drive, not aggressive towards other people or animals, and at least one year old. Animal welfare organisations are the perfect place where dogs are screened for best candidates. This relieves the burden on these organisations and saves valuable time and funds on raising a puppy.

It is a case of the rescued becoming the rescuer!

Grabouw Animal Welfare and Boland Animal Society is where they obtain their rescue dogs and all surplus donations would be divided between the two organisations.

They rely on donations and a lot of it is out of the handlers and people involved’s pockets.

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RIGA Rescue – JHB
RIGA Rescue is a non-profit search and rescue organisation specialising in wilderness and disaster search and rescue cases. They are assisted by dogs to locate live human scent.

Having no budget, money needed comes from their own pockets and donations.

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SAPS Port Shepstone K9 Unit

K9 Units are a specialised service that renders total operational support in the investigation and combating of crime.

Various dogs include patrol, tracker, narcotic, sheep, explosive, search and rescue, biological fluid detection and many others.

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