SHELTER DOGS, a documentary film by Cynthia Wade
Subject Profile - Sue Sternberg
"Sternberg is an enigmatic and provocative documentary subject, and filmmaker Cynthia Wade captures her tough exterior while skillfully revealing her internal conflicts. There are many disturbing images in this film, but this is not sensationalized voyeurism. Rather, this is documentary filmmaking at its best -- capturing a moment in its proper context without leaving
the big ethical questions by the wayside. Ultimately, this film addresses an issue that is raging in shelters across the country, but it also does that rare thing -- gives the audience room to ask profound existential questions to which there are no easy answers."

- Official Guide of the 2003 Newport Film Festival (Winner, Audience Award)
Sue Sternberg is the Executive Director of Rondout Valley Kennels/Animals for Adoption, a shelter in upstate New York. She is also the Executive Director of the Community Animal Shelter Association (CASA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to pet owner outreach, safe animal adoptions, and quality of life at animal shelters around the world. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has over 23 years of canine behavior experience as an animal control officer, a behavior consultant at the ASPCA, a kennel and shelter owner, and a teacher of dog trainers.

Sue's newest book, Successful Dog Adoption (Wiley and Sons/Howell Book House) will be published in Autumn 2003. Other publications include Great Dog Adoptions: A Guide for Shelters (Latham Foundation Press, 2002), Temperament Testing for Dogs in Shelters (1996, 1998, 1999, republished and distributed to over 3,000 shelters by Milkbone™, Nabisco and ASPCA), as well as articles in The HSUS Animal Sheltering Magazine.

Sue has five dogs and two cats (all adopted) and shares her yard with a host of adopted farm animals. She is a fiddle player, a mineral and fossil collector, and a major Star Trek fan.

More information about Sue and her work can be found at
Sue and her Dogs

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