Amber’s Halfway Home

We met Amber on the very first Waldo shelter trip. She was volunteering at another shelter in western TN, handling the care for over fifty dogs with the help of her family. The following January, she started her own rescue, Halfway Home Animal Rescue and began pulling dogs directly from the pounds in surrounding counties. She also saves dogs abandoned or surrendered, and arranges spay/neuter for locals who are sometimes hesitant (or can’t afford) to do it themselves. For many dogs, Amber and Halfway Home Animal Rescue became their only chance of survival.

Amber operates out of her home and houses up to 80 dogs in her garage, outbuildings, and makeshift kennels as they wait for necessary vet work before being sent out via rescue transports.

After traveling to Tennessee again and witnessing the incredible lifesaving work and the sacrifice Amber makes, we partnered with Farnival Films to create a documentary about rescue in the dog pounds of Western TN.

Here is that story:

For too many dogs in the pounds of western Tennessee life is cruel and short. They are held in concrete kennels behind rusted fences, down forgotten roads. Their only hope beyond the rare owner who turns up to claim them is rescue. Without it, they will linger in harsh conditions or be destroyed by a needle or gun.

In 2020, Amber Reynolds and Halfway Home Animal Rescue stepped into that gap and saved 2000 dogs in just ten months. She saved dogs from these forgotten pounds, from overwhelmed shelters, and often from the roadside or the apathetic arms of owners who no longer can or will care for their animals.

Nestled in between Nashville and Memphis, Greenfield is picturesque, filled with rolling fields, tobacco barns, and columned farmhouses. But it’s also an area with a raging population of unwanted animals, a region where dogs are often treated as property: bred, hoarded, or ditched like trash.

In this film, our crew follows Amber for one day when she saves 19 dogs. During our journey, we visit the frontlines of animal rescue in western Tennessee. We ask vets, animal control officers, professors, and volunteers about regional attitudes and examine how to make a change. But most importantly, we introduce Amber and her small band of Southern warriors, warriors who dedicate their lives to saving dogs.

What Amber does is nothing short of heroic, too often she is the only person standing between a good dog and certain death. We believe Amber and the other rescue heroes fighting to save lives should not be in this fight alone. We also believe they shouldn’t have to fight it in the first place. This is a fixable problem.

This film will raise awareness about homeless dogs and the heroes who fight for them. In rural Tennessee and other parts of the south, there are no ‘animal shelters,’ at least not shelters like the kind you and I imagine. Most of the animals live outside in what is essentially a ‘dog pound.’ In some places they are still called pounds. The dogs are impounded until their owner retrieves them or they are disposed of in one way or another to make room for more dogs. They rarely receive veterinary care or basic preventative care. They live exposed to the elements on concrete floors.

This film is a vehicle for raising awareness in the hopes of bringing much needed change because we are convinced that once people see the reality of what is happening, they will act. They will ask questions and get involved in finding the answers. There is no reason that dogs should suffer and die the way they do in too many parts of this beautiful country.

Amber’s Halfway Home

is a production of Farnival Films

in association with

Who Will Let the Dogs Out

Farnival Films is a full-service production company specializing in documentary film work. From the initial planning stages, to the video shoots, and on to the final render, we provide professional expertise every step of the way. Learn more here.

Amber’s Halfway Home has currently been selected to thirteen film festivals. To date, it has won awards for best short documentary, people’s choice, best audio, best soundtrack, and best editing. We are proud of this film and excited about its potential to open hearts and minds.

Stay tuned for its public release and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you can watch it when available. We are also happy to meet with groups in person or virtually to screen the film and answer questions about it.