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Former New York shelter dog stars as ‘Sandy’ in new ‘Annie’ movie

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In this heart-warming “wags” to riches story, Marti was brought to the Adopt-A-Dog shelter in Westchester County in 2013 with four other rescue dogs from Georgia.

“A supposed golden retriever chow mix, Marti spent approximately five months with us until she met famous Broadway and theatrical animal trainer, Bill Berloni, who resides in Connecticut,” Allyson Halm, the president of the Armonk, NY Adopt-A-Dog sanctuary. ” Bill, a friend who’s been a judge for our annual Puttin’ On The Dog Festival in Greenwich, was looking for a certain dog who would fit the bill for a new movie and he visited Marti several times at our shelter to evaluate her potential.”

image004Marti put her best paw forward during the highly competitive auditions, and won the coveted role as Annie’s faithful canine companion, Sandy, in the upcoming remake of the Broadway classic.

Ironically enough, Berloni, the 2011 recipient of the Tony’s special  Honor for Excellence in Theater award, found the original Broadway Annie cast dog “Sandy” in 1977 as well.

“Never give up on a rescue or abandoned dog at a shelter,” says Halm.  “Each and every resident here is a bright star deserving of red carpet treatment as they await a forever home.”

image003In the spirit of ANNIE and to honor Marti’s rise to fame, Adopt-A-Dog has launched a special “Tomorrow” fundraising campaign to support its current and future residents.  Help Marti aid other less fortunate dogs by making a donation at www.adoptadog.org or by calling (914) 273-1674 to inquire about ongoing sponsorship opportunities.

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