Cinema 8 hosts pet adoption event

Daisy and Nori greet the public during opening weekend of The Secret Life of Pets 2

by Natalie Togtman

LANSING, Ill. (June 13, 2019) – On Saturday, June 8, from 3:00–5:00pm, Lansing’s New Vision Cinema 8 theatre partnered with the South Suburban Humane Society for a special event. It was opening weekend for The Secret Life of Pets 2, and it was a pet adoption opportunity.

Theater Manager Sergio Villarreol explained, “The idea came because all of our New Vision Theatres decided that we wanted ways to bring the community into theaters. According to Villarreol the theatre and humane society have partnered on events in the past. “We try to do events like these about six times a year to hopefully bring in the community,” Villarreol said.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 centers around Max, the Terrier, and the way he copes with major life changes, so it was a natural fit for an adoption event.

Volunteers from South Suburban Humane Society brought Daisy and Nori to the adoption event “because they’re cute, family friendly, and great with children.” From left: Cheryl Ceko, Daisy, Alondra Sanchez, Nori, Parker Lomaglio, and Philip Lomaglio. (Photo: Natalie Togtman)

South Suburban Humane Society brought in two dogs—Daisy, a coonhound mix, and Nori, a lab mix. Kathleen Panazanin, Volunteer Manager at the South Suburban Humane Society, said, “We brought these two dogs because they’re cute, family friendly, and great with children.” However, the logistics of the event made it difficult for prospective owners to watch the movie first and then meet Daisy and Nori—unless they chose to see the 1:45pm showing.

Theatre-goers interact with Daisy in the lobby of Cinema 8. (Photo: Natalie Togtman)
Kori Miles, who brought her son to see the movie, said, “He has been begging to see dogs for some time now, and I knew he wanted to see the movie. When I found out the theatre had been doing this, it seemed like the perfect way to let him see dogs but also watch the movie.”

Jeremy Jones, who brought his family to see the movie, said, “I loved the movie, and the rest of my family enjoyed it also.”

The Secret Life of Pets 2 is rated PG, and the run time is 1 hour and 27 minutes.

Neither Daisy nor Nori was adopted at the New Vision Cinema 8 event.

Cinema 8 is located at 16621 Torrence Avenue in Lansing, Illinois.

South Suburban Humane Society is located at 1103 West End Avenue in Chicago Heights, Illinois.

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