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Life in the Doghouse

When he was a child, Danny Robertson’s mom would always tell him “You don’t buy a pet, you save one.” So in 2005, when Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans and stranded thousands of animals, Danny and Ron Danta, his partner of almost 30 years, stepped up to save the lives of abandoned dogs. The veteran horse trainers and dog lovers drove their horse trailer down and back from South Carolina to New Orleans, bringing home 40-60 dogs each trip. Dedicating all of their own resources to the effort, they eventually rescued and found homes for more than 600 dogs, and Danny & Ron’s Rescue was founded.

LIFE IN THE DOGHOUSE was directed by Ron Davis, the award-winning filmmaker of HARRY & SNOWMAN, the 2016 box office hit and New York Times Critic’s pick. It tells the inspiring stories of these two men and the selfless work they continue to do. Their no-kennel policy means that as many as 75 dogs live in their home at any given time; the dogs join them on the horse show circuit during their journey towards finding a “forever home.” Danny and Ron were honored with the 2008 Humanitarian award for their personal sacrifice and unique approach to dog rescue and adoption following Hurricane Katrina.

Ten years and almost 10,000 dogs later, Danny & Ron’s Rescue has become the voice for abused, abandoned and starving dogs. The story captures hearts, entertains, educates and will inspire millions to make the right choices when it comes to adopting man’s best friend.

FilmRise is releasing this feature length documentary in conjunction with theatrical on-demand distributor, Gathr Films. Details on how to host a local screening can be found at

A Film By

  • Ron Davis

Run Time

  • 84 Minutes


  • 2018

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