Growing interest in rescuing and adopting dogs during pandemic featured in new film about rescue dog organizations: Rescue Me!

Gini Graham Scott
4 min readJun 22, 2020


Rescue Me and Me, My Dog, and I Film Posters

Here’s some news about another new film which just got released. It’s especially timely, because it’s about the growing popularity of rescue animals during the pandemic in the last few months and the organizations that help them find forever homes. Here’s a copy of the release that just got sent out about the film.

In the last few months, there has been a growing interest in rescuing and adopting dogs and cats, due to the pandemic. More and more individuals want the companionship of a pet, and they are more open to adopting a rescue animal. As described in a June 7 San Francisco Chronicle article “Rescues Boom in the Pandemic,” Mandy Behbehani reports that in the “upside-down inside-out world of the novel coronavirus, people are clamoring to adopt — even aged, infirm creatures.” Yet many fewer animals are available, since the pandemic and the response to it have disrupted the established processes for rescuing animals. One reason is that people sheltering in place are less likely to spot animals on the streets. At the same time, government restrictions have made it more difficult for shelters to receive rescues. The result is the fewer animals are now getting more humans who want to care for and rescue them.

Now Rescue Mel, just released for distribution by Random Media, describes how these organizations care for dogs, cats, and sometimes birds, and find loving owners for them. To explain what these organizations do, the film features interviews with rescue organization owners and the owners of dogs, cats, and a few birds. The film was originally filmed in September 2019 in Contra Costa County, Oakland, and Berkeley, and it highlights the eight rescue and care organizations and shows how they obtain rescue dogs, take care of them, provide medical treatment, train them, and find them foster and forever homes. It also includes interviews with a dozen owners of rescue dogs, cats and birds. The trailer is at:

The film is a follow-up to a previous film on dogs: Me, My Dog, and I, comparing owners of big and little dogs, which was also just released by Random Media. It was filmed April 2019 in Contra Costa County, and it features a comparison of the owners of big and little dogs, as the owners talk about why they got their dog and why having a dog is so important for them. Some experts also talk about differences between owners of big and little dogs in their personality, lifestyle, and activities with their dog. The trailer is at:

The films were inspired by a series of short films and books on dogs written by executive producer Gini Graham Scott, including. What Kind of Dog Are You?, What’s Your Dog Type?, and Do You Look Like Your Dog?. The websites for these projects are at and

The films are part of a series of 10 films produced by Changemakers Productions, based in Lafayette, Calfornia, and Dear Skyyler Production,, based in L.A. and New York. The writer/executive producer of these films, Gini Graham Scott, has a long history of successes in publishing and writing. She has published over 50 books with major publishers and has published over 200 print and audio books through her own publishing company. More about her and her company is at Jack Skyyler of Dear Skyyler Productions has won several best director awards and directed over a dozen other films, including crewing on multi-million dollar Hollywood productions.

Let me know if you would like more information or to set up interviews with any of the principals of the films. We can also arrange for you to talk to the owners and volunteers at the rescue organizations and the owners of dogs, cats, and birds featured in these films. In fact, one of the owners interviewed for the Chronicle article, Carol Hopewell, director of the Milo Foundation in Point Richmond, is one of the participants in the Rescue Me! film.

GINI GRAHAM SCOTT, Ph.D., J.D., is a nationally known writer, consultant, speaker, and seminar leader, specializing in business and work relationships, professional and personal development, social trends, and popular culture. She has published 50 books with major publishers. She has worked with dozens of clients on memoirs, self-help, popular business books, and film scripts. Writing samples are at

She is the founder of Changemakers Publishing, featuring books on work, business, psychology, social trends, and self-help. The company has published over 200 print, e-books, and audiobooks. She has received national media exposure for her books, including appearances on Good Morning America, Oprah, and CNN.

Scott is active in a number of community and business groups, including the Lafayette, Pleasant Hill, and Walnut Creek Chambers of Commerce. She does workshops and seminars on the topics of her books.

She is also the writer and executive producer of 10 films in distribution, release, or production. Her most recent films that have been released include Driver, The New Age of Aging, and Infidelity.

She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and her J.D. from the University of San Francisco Law School. She has received five MAs at Cal State University, East Bay, most recently in Communication.



Gini Graham Scott

GINI GRAHAM SCOTT, Ph.D., J.D., is a nationally known writer, consultant, speaker, and seminar leader, who has published over 200 books.