LA's Real Superheroes SMART, SPECIALIZED MOBILE ANIMAL RESCUE TEAM Featured in Award-Winning Documentary out Dec 67:16 PM
When two pregnant cows were trapped in an over-turned rig on the 210-freeway last March, the City of Los Angeles’ "SMART," a specialized mobile animal rescue team, was called in to save them.
Since "SMART's" formation in 2009, the self-trained team has saved nearly 1,000 animals (domestic, wild, and abused animals of all kinds), including 200 this year.
“We will do anything and everything we can to rescue an animal. We’ll go buy whatever it is we need. It’s not unusual to go to the store and put down $500 on some equipment…out of our own pocket. We just really believe in what we are doing.”–Annette Ramirez, Animal Services Personnel, SMART team member
The team is currently made up of 5 women and 7 men (Team Leader Armando Navarrete, Ernesto Poblano, Annette Ramirez, Ramon Garcia, Yvette Smith, Hoang Dinh, Hugh Briefman, Glen Julian, Verna Riparip, Tam Shepphird, Felix Lopez and Gabby Lera) representing the ethnic multiculturalism of Los Angeles.
Animal Services General Manager Brenda Barnette Said, "(SMART’s role is) to show people that the impossible is possible.”Directed by Justin Zimmerman (“Fireland,” “The Titanic of Southampton”) and executive produced by Kimberly Zimmerman, the 74-minute film has been an Official Selection at 19 festivals, nominated for 12 awards and won 7 including Best Feature, Best Documentary, Audience Award and Best Photography.
The Documentary shows that humans are not the only ones in need of rescuing and, in the city of Los Angeles, the members of "SMART" (Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team) have stepped up to save lives.
Follow Armando as he struggles to get his team off the ground, survives death-defying rescues and finds love, all amid LA’s heartbreaking animal shelter system.
Shot over the course of three years, "SMART" is a great example of how a team of passionate and dedicated people can become real-life superheroes.