Less than a year after a successful Kickstarter campaign to procure funding, actor Zachary Quinto and his filmmaking friend Sian Heder have released their new short film "Dog Eat Dog." 

The 13-minute short is based on a real-life experience the "Star Trek" star went through in an effort to adopt a shelter pup from a Los Angeles Animal Shelter. 

"Years ago, when Zach first tried to adopt a dog from the pound, he ended up in a rivalry with an unexpected competitor," recalls Heder. "Sometimes real life offers up gems, and in my mind, this story has always begged to be a little film.  I have decided it is best told as a dark and funny little fable about obsession, scheming and leaving things up to fate.”

Quinto, who eventually adopted a pup named Noah, says he hopes the film inspires others to consider saving the life of an animal. 

""Our goal was to make an entertaining short film inspired by my outlandishly humorous — but true — experience of trying to adopt a dog for the first time," he says. "But we also want to raise awareness about pet rescues and inspire people to rescue their new pet instead of buying one. There are so many beautiful dogs that need homes ... the heart of this story is how much joy — and humor — can exist in trying to find the right match."

Check out the film below. A percentage of the cash raised was donated to the U.S. Humane Society. 

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Zachary Quinto debuts rescue film 'Dog Eat Dog'
Actor's short tells the real-life inspired tale of one man's attempt to adopt a shelter dog for the first time.