About Tracie Hotchner

Tracie Hotchner at Dog Film Festival LA

Tracie Hotchner is the Founder and Director of the NY Dog Film Festival™ and is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® for over 7 years on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM until the channel was canceled. Tracie then created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont - where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by Maisie and Wanda, her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners.


Our Mission

The New York Dog Film Festival™ is a philanthropic celebration of the many ways that we can appreciate the human-canine bond. Tracie chooses short canine-themed films from around the world to create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains through documentary, animated and narrative films. With a New York City premiere every fall, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives a portion of the ticket sales.

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Our Non-profit Beneficiaries

In every location where the New York Dog Film Festival™ travels there will be a shelter or rescue partner in the community that will be the beneficiary and share in the proceeds of ticket sales. Those non-profit organizations will be honored as part of the festivities and will have the opportunity for education and outreach about adoption, as well as bringing adoptable dogs to the theater at each destination.



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The NY Dog Film Festival 2016-17 is Dedicated to the Memory of Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers Dog Film Festival Dedication

Joan Rivers was Tracie’s god mother and the quintessential dog lover, who appreciated her rescued dogs as her most constant companions. She went out of her way to find dogs for adoption and embraced them unconditionally, whatever their quirks. No matter where Joan was or how busy, her dogs’ health and happiness were always foremost in her mind. She was a role model to Tracie in many ways in life, not the least of which was her devotion to her canine companions.