Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Original Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society short film “The Journey Home” to premiere online Oct. 24

Tuesday, Oct. 24 —WEST WINDSOR — “The Journey Home,” a Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society original short film, will premiere online on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. A link to view the film will be posted on all of Lucy Mackenzie’s social media accounts (including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter) in addition to their website:, at 7 p.m.

“The Journey Home” is the emotional story of the shared journey taken by every animal at Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society. Told intimately from the animals’ perspective, the film captures one of the most important and eventful chapters of the animals’ lives as they spend time at Lucy Mackenzie’s shelter. Finding their homes might be the ultimate destination, but the journey there, with all its many struggles and triumphs, is what ultimately helps define them. 

Executive Director Jackie Stanley explained how the film came into fruition: “We were recently gifted a short film about Lucy Mackenzie entitled ‘The Journey Home’ by a talented and generous supporter and filmmaker. This film was two years in the making and is beautiful! Spanning over an entire year, the film depicts the shared journey that each of the animals taken into our shelter. We are very fortunate — this incredibly unique fundraising opportunity has come at a most-needed time.”

Over the past year, Lucy Mackenzie has gone through a necessary period of growth and planning for how they can best support the animals and people in the community. They have seen a rapid increase in senior animals being surrendered to their shelter due to owners losing their housing; many of these animals had been lifelong companions. 

Additionally, the rising costs of veterinarian care have made it harder for people on fixed or limited incomes to appropriately care for their beloved animal companions when they’re suffering and in need of medical attention. This results in Lucy Mackenzie either helping to cover the cost of emergency care through their Jake’s Friends Fund, or in many cases, results in the owner signing the animal over to the shelter. 

In response, Lucy Mackenzie is dedicated to further expanding their programs that support keeping companion animals in caring and loving homes, such as their Pet Pantry and Jake’s Friends Fund. Furthermore, they are in the planning phases of constructing an on-site medical suite, which will allow them to expand their low-cost medical offerings to the public. 

Stanley further explained: “All of this comes at an immense cost, which is why we were so thrilled when ‘The Journey Home’ was presented to us. We see this as a unique opportunity to fund these ongoing and developing initiatives, as well as give viewers and supporters this intimate look at shelter life.”

Viewers will be invited to donate towards this very special online event at Proceeds will go towards the care of the animals at Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society, as well as towards further developing the initiatives that are geared at helping the community. 

Lucy Mackenzie’s shelter is located at 4832 Route 44 in West Windsor, Vermont, one-quarter mile away from the intersection of Route 106 and Route 44.

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