For the love of lost dogs.

Over the last several days, many of us have been praying for friends in Nashville, who have been driven from their homes by flooding. They’ve lost family members, belongings, homes…

… and pets.

I wonder what is being done to help the dogs and cats who are probably frightened, perhaps stranded, possibly trapped.

This is on my mind because I’ve just seen a documentary distributed by Film Movement. It’s a compelling and moving account of the rescuers who sought to save troubled animals, and who then tried to reunite them with their former owners. The stories of those efforts lead us to wonderful portraits of people and their beloved pets, to the lives of the generous animal-lovers who took in wounded survivors, and to the tensions that resulted when some of those adoptive families were asked to return the pets to their original owners.

My thoughts on MINE are up today at Image.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • winston

    The response from the community to care for all people affected by the flood has been awe-inspiring. The other day an animal shelter sent out an alert that they needed food to care for the pets they had to take in and upwards of 1500 pounds of food was donated.

    The recovery is obviously just beginning here, but the way in which everyone is reaching out and volunteering time and money and help is fairly unbelievable.

  • Mike Duran

    I could get behind this. I often wonder if “serving God” ever means “serving dog.”