Movie Premiere – STRAY

Please join us for an online Movie Premiere of the award-winning new film STRAY.   


including a post-film discussion with Director Elizabeth Lo

Watch the trailer

“Dog lovers will drool over this profound canine love letter from Turkey” –IndieWire

Can’t make it to the Premiere?  After the screening becomes available on March 13th, you’ll receive an email reminder and have 29 days to begin watching. Once you click “Watch now”, you’ll have unlimited access for 72 hours.  No app needed … view via a web browser.

Tickets are $12, with $5 from every ticket sale going to support Friends of the Animal Shelter programs.

100% of additional donations made at the time you purchase your tickets will benefit FOTAS.


March 13th is National K9 Veterans Day, a day set aside to commemorate the service and sacrifices of American military and working dogs throughout history.

  • It was on March 13, 1942 that the U.S. Army began training for its new War Dog Program, also known as the K-9 Corps, marking the first time that dogs were officially a part of the U.S. Armed Forces.

About the film

Through the eyes of stray dogs wandering the streets of Istanbul, Stray explores what it means to live as a being without status or security. As they search for food and shelter, three dogs—Zeytin, Nazar, and Kartal—embark on inconspicuous journeys through Turkish society that allow us an unvarnished portrait of human life. Whether they lead us into decrepit ruins or bustling streets, the gaze of strays act as windows into the overlooked corners of society: women in loveless marriages, protesters without arms, refugees without sanctuary. Through their canine eyes, we are shown a human world ruptured by divisions along class, ethnic, and gender lines.

‍The film is both a critical observation of human civilization through the unfamiliar gaze of dogs, and a sensory voyage into new ways of seeing and being from a position of extreme marginalization. It is at this intersection that Stray seeks to shed light on Turkey’s societal convulsions through the observations of Zeytin and her companions — both human and nonhuman.


 A howling success… not to be missed” – The Hollywood Reporter

“The ultimate love letter to dogs”  Variety

“Dog lovers will drool over this profound canine love letter from Turkey” – IndieWire

 “Placing among the upper ranks of films for dog lovers, “Stray” [reveals] not only the wholesomeness of humans’ four-legged best friends, but also the soulful voice of an exciting new filmmaker with immense moral queries on her mind.” – Tomris Laffly, Variety

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