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Give Me Shelter

February 16, 2015 — Leave a comment
Give Me Shelter is a film to raise awareness for the most important animal welfare issues around the world. This award-winning documentary created and produced by Katie Cleary and directed by Kristin Rizzo sheds light on the work that many different individuals and animal welfare organizations do in a way that has never been done before.
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The movie exposing the stark reality of such crucial issues facing our world today such as; the underground black market trade of endangered species, puppy mills, poaching, animal abuse and neglect, the fur industry, circuses, seal clubbing, horse slaughter, the palm oil industry, shark finning, the pet industry and so on. Give Me Shelter is about the people who dedicate their lives every day to help raise awareness for these important issues and who also rescue, rehabilitate, and care for these animals while facing their own struggles to support their passion for animals. Give Me Shelter has the capability of changing the lives of a vast array of species around the world whose issues otherwise would not be exposed so we can live in peace with all of God’s creatures.

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Watch the trailer here.

WHAT: Give Me Shelter
WHEN: February 24, 2015
WHERE: VOD, Amazon, and  iTunes

DETAILS: 

  • The film is being distributed by Virgil Films who has also distributed Forks Over Knives, Supersize Me and The Last Lions.

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The Shambala Preserve is home to over 40 big cats: lions, tigers, cougars, black and spotted leopards, servals, bobcats, and Asian leopard cats, who live out their lives at Shambala. All have come to the Preserve after confiscation by authorities such as California Fish and Game, the United States Department of Agriculture, the ASCPA, and various Humane Societies. They are from roadside zoos and private citizens who realize that they have purchased an animal that they can no longer handle. The exotic cat trade is a huge business, just under illegal drugs, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife.

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Once an animal is brought to the Shambala Preserve, it remains there for the rest of its life. As a true sanctuary, they do not buy, breed, sell, trade, or subject their animals to commercial use. Their only purpose is to allow these magnificent animals to live out their lives with love and dignity. Each “Wild One” has the best human, nutritional, medical, emotional, and mental care possible.

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The Shambala Preserve is founded by former New York fashion model and actress Tippi Hedren who made her debut as an actress in a starring role in Alfred Hitchcock’s film, The Birds. Tippi often speaks to guests about the sanctuary and the lions.

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The Shambala Preserve offers many activities and events including Safari Tours, Overnight Tent Stays, Parent’s Day Tours, Sunset Safaris, and School Tours.

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The Shambala Preserve is tucked away among the beautiful Angeles National Forest.

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WHAT: The Shambala Preserve  
WHEN:
Check individual activities and events
WHERE: 6867 Soledad Canyon Road | Acton, CA 93510

DETAILS: 

  • All visitors to the Shambala Preserve must be 18 years or older, no exceptions

CONTACT INFO: (661) 268-0380

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In a wooded canyon with a small stream, the Griffith Park Bird Sanctuary and Trail offers views of many species of birds in their natural habitat along a winding path. It’s a relatively short hike, but one that offers great views and connects to a wider system of trails.

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The bird community represented most of the rich diversity found elsewhere in the Santa Monica Mountains before the fire. More than 200 species have been recorded here over the years, and around 150 occur every year. Now, the park and sanctuary are gradually being revitalized.

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Some of the more interesting residents of the community include Cinnamon Teal and Black-necked Stilt along the L.A. River, Hutton’s Vireo and Purple Finch in canyons, and Rufous-crowned Sparrow in arid chaparral and scrub. These birds depend on the wild areas of the park for their survival in the middle of the city.

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From March through June, nearly 70 species may nest, particularly in the many small canyons that drain off the slopes into the Los Angeles River. The park’s boundaries take in high, chaparral-covered ridges, shady picnic areas, and natural wetland habitat along the river.

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The Bird Sanctuary Trail opened back up after the 2007 Griffith Park fire left it unusable to the public. One of the losses in the park fire was the bird sanctuary.

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After thousands of volunteers–most notably the Pacific Asian Volunteer Association who adopted the project–the trail once again opened to the public. Of course, Griffith Park’s loudest cheerleader, Councilman Tom LaBonge, was there to tell everyone about it and take a hike with them. The short loop trail has some nicely shaded portions and crosses a small stream.

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Find the trailhead next to the actual Bird Sanctuary which is just north of the Greek Theatre on Vermont Canyon Road. The trail begins to the left of the sanctuary’s fence.

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Within less than a mile, it ends, but you’ll meet up with three other trails to choose from: the Charlie Turner Trail (left, takes you down to the Griffith Observatory), 3-Mail Trail (straight ahead, takes you Mount Hollywood) and the East Ridge (Hogback) Trail (right, takes you to Dante’s View and later, the Glendale Peak).

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If you want to make a loop out of the hike, there’s unofficially a trail heading down back to street level that takes you by a water tank. You can find it before the trail fork where there is a nice view of the Observatory. However, it can get pretty steep and has lots of loose gravel.

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WHAT: Griffith Park Bird Sanctuary And Trail
WHEN: Open daily 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
WHERE: Griffith Park | 2900 North Vermont Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90027

CONTACT INFO: (323) 666-5046

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