Le Sauvetage -- The Rescue

A short film featuring the Olate Dogs tells a magical tale about life, love, and finding our true destiny, with a little help from our furry friends.

By | Posted: March 28, 2014, 4 a.m. PST

Sponsored and produced by Halo, Purely for Pets, Ellen DeGeneres’ natural pet food company, Le Sauvetage (The Rescue) will open the Sonoma International Film Festival on April 2, an honor and exciting opportunity to showcase pet rescue and adoption. The film has also been selected to be screened at the short film Court Metrage portion of the world famous Cannes Film Festival this May.

The film features the Olate Dogs, who rose to fame after winning America’s Got Talent in 2012. These sweet, funny, talented dogs and their entertaining owners and handlers captured hearts across America.  But there’s more to their story.

Many of the Olate Dogs are rescue dogs themselves. Family patriarch, Richard Olate, developed his act on the streets of his native Chile when he was a poor boy of just 12. He rescued stray dogs and trained them to be part of his amateur show.  He worked hard for years to realize his dream of becoming a professional dog act. Today, Richard and his son, Nicolas, and wife, Rebecca, continue to save dogs from shelters and train them to become part of their professional troupe.

"We see this film as an entertaining yet meaningful way to show how companion animals add value to our lives," says Steve Marton, Halo’s CEO and Executive Producer of Le Sauvetage. 

The Olate Dogs will also perform at the Sonoma festival. And, in keeping with the film’s mission, Halo and Freekibble.com will donate 10,000 meals of Halo Spot’s Stew to a local Sonoma animal shelter, Pets Lifeline.



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