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Katie Cleary & Peace 4 Animals Present “Give Me Shelter”

A “Peace 4 Animals” Production

Dr. Jordan Schaul reviews the ground-breaking, award-winning documentary Give Me Shelter produced by model/actress Katie Cleary of Peace 4 Animals and Director Kristin Rizzo. The film explores the lives of animals in a society that continues, despite progress, to abuse and neglect them.

I admit that I’ve worked in pet stores, zoos and sanctuaries, in university laboratories and on horse ranches and cattle stations among other live animal facilities. I thought I knew most every perspective and every truth and falsehood about these industries. But this film caught me off-guard. And it should catch you off-guard.

Give Me Shelter uncovers a side of the human-pet industry interface that is unscrupulous and largely unknown to the human consumer and companion pet owner.  It reveals the inhumane treatment of domestic and wild animals as they are commercialized and exploited for food, clothing, medicinals and other uses.

The documentary speaks to a selfish species and a selfish instinct. It speaks to us as humans.

Give Me Shelter conveys just how we continue to dominate rather than just coexist. It is poignant and powerful reminder of what we have done and continue to do to the voiceless.  The film is engaging and unprecedented. And it is as enlightening as it is disturbing.

(Courtesy Peace 4 Animals)

Give Me Shelter captures a sad reality through interviews with noted celebrity animal activists and professional advocates. It conveys something about our own sentience or lack thereof and our disregard for many members of the animal kingdom.  Despite how progressive we may perceive our society to be, this documentary clearly establishes how far we need to go.

The film takes us on a journey of young dogs and cats from commercial puppy mills and catteries to retail pet stores around the nation. It reveals the horrific nature of the horse slaughter industry and the brutal last days of companion equids.

The film also exposes the brutality on fur farms and factory food animal farms. It explores the lives of performing animals. Give Me Shelter exposes the dangerous and irresponsible trade in exotic animals here in the US.  It broaches the subject of conservation and the plight of threatened and endangered species around the world. It is a must see.

Peace 4 Animals

The all-star cast includes Tippi Hedren, Alison Eastwood, Michael Vartan, Esai Morales, Charlotte Ross, Elaine Hendrix, Jill Wagner, Robert Davi, Kristen Renton and Oscar winner Ric O’Barry and many more animal advocates and celebrities lending their voice to save animals around the world. It is endorsed by celebrity animal activists the Barbi Twins and Joanna Krupa.


  1. Marla Friedman
    Wilmette, Illinois
    November 22, 2013, 12:56 pm

    Thank you for making this film. Animal welfare must be our next and most important movement – Billions of animals have suffered and died at our hands – All animals have the capacity for love – a full range of emotion – know fear and want to be safe – How somehow we, as a society determined it was our right to consider living creatures as ‘live stock’ as if they were car parts is incomprehensible; consider the pain and fear these animals experience from the moment they are born. It is our responsibility to make this movement a priority. I was clueless myself utilI the age of 52 when I was shown by my angel bunny the feelings that all animals experience. All one has to do is look into the eyes of a chipmunk – a horse – a cow to see the depth of their souls and soulfulness. Bravo to the filmmakers of Give Me Shelter for bringing the gravity and enormity of this issue to light.

  2. Ro S
    Chicago, IL
    November 10, 2013, 6:53 pm

    I had the privilege of viewing the preview of this short documentary… & I agree with Dr. Schaul…this film is a must see…it is very informative & brings awareness to all aspects of animals…. Can’t wait to see the film…
    Thank you Katie Cleary & Kristin Rizzo