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Forever Home - A Holiday Tail
Dreams can come true for the holidays

About the Film


Inspired by The Night Before Christmas and The Nutcracker, this #RescueFilm by Peter McEvilley shows that dreams can come true for the holidays.


Presented by Halo, Purely for Pets and starring The Olate Dogs, winners of America's Got Talent.

Written, Directed and Produced: Peter McEvilley


Peter – inspired by the question of “who rescued whom?” -- produced Le Sauvetage at the request of Halo CEO Steve Marton. Peter is an award-winning writer, director, producer and song writer, with credits ranging from indy films such as On Falling, to Last Vegas, The House Bunny and Alias.

Produced by Howard Sapper and Jane Murphy in association with Orange Table Entertainment and Ryan Perlman


In addition to his producer role in this film, Howard manages the Olate Dogs. He's the founder of Extrodinaire Media, the Everybody is a Star Foundation, and the Harmony Festival, and is Executive VP of Domo Music.

Steve Marton (Executive Producer)


Halo CEO Steve Marton green-lit Le Sauvetage (The Rescue) when presented with Peter McEvilley's vision, finding it resonated with Halo's perspective on rescue. Steve has guided Halo's devotion to animal welfare, including its partnerships with the US Postal Service's Animal Rescue stamps,, the PBS series Shelter Me, Adopt a Shelter, and more. Steve also serves on the Board of PetSmart Charities, and is an Advisor to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

Nicholas Olate (Father)


Nicholas Olate has been performing with his father since the age of 6. He grew up with many dogs in the house and started early learning how to care for these beautiful animals. As Nick got older he was given more responsibilities and he is now Richard’s right hand man in everything dogs. Nicholas has also developed into a great performer and compliments Richard’s dynamic personality beautifully on the stage. The Olate Dog act is a beautifully choreographed routine that is both exciting and unique.

Other Cast Members


Little Girl: Eleanor McEvilley
Young Boy: Emmet McEvilley

Archibald: Loca
Prima Ballerina: Emma Jackson
Young Ballerina: Ellie Jackson
Grandma: Jane Murphy



Richard Olate (Trainer)


Richard Olate is from Chile South America. He is the second youngest in a family of 22 children. His family was very poor. There were many times when they would not have enough to eat for days at a time. His story is not a sad one though. At age 12 he got a dog from the street. He loved the dog and found that he might have a feel for training. There are many dogs roaming the streets in Chile, so guess what……? When he had put together a routine, he, with his mother’s help, booked his amateur act at schools and small circuses. He quickly got a regular performance schedule but needed more help. His older brother soon joined him and together they decided they could do something special. They were right! They worked hard creating a very unique dog act. They spent the next few years traveling with different circuses throughout South America and in 1989 they premiered in the United States of America. They have been here ever since. Richard has appeared with his dogs in many television shows, made commercials, been in a movie, and worked in stage, night club and circus performances. A true testament that no matter where you come from, hard work and determination makes dreams come true.

Voice of Jake: Emmet McEvilley
Voice of Uncle Delbert: Trevor Lissauer
Voice of Archibald: Griffin Burns
Shelter Dog 1: Keith Sommerer
Shelter Dog 2: Kate Sullivan


Director of Photography: Harold Estime
Special Thanks to Meg R. Stephenson and the Animal Friends Humane Society of Hamilton, Ohio
Special Thanks to Maureen A. Kennedy and Kent Covey at the Irish Heritage Center of Cincinnati
Spotlight Operator: Jim Hunt
Second Unit Camera Operator: Kira Chumtong
All songs sung by Rachel Leslie
Original Score by Peter McEvilley

Special thanks to Richard, Rebecca and Nicholas Olate
Special thanks to Leslie Lewis, Bettie Hamilton, David Yaskulka, Marilyn Sherwin and Dan Caughey




For over 25 years, Halo, Purely for Pets® has created holistic pet products of uncompromising quality. Halo believes nutrition is the single most important factor in the quality of a pet’s life. When you choose Halo, we feed it forward, donating over 1.5 million meals to shelter pets annually, in partnership with Ellen DeGeneres – a long time Halo customer – became part-owner in 2008. In 2010, Halo donated 1 million meals to shelter pets for the U.S. Postal Service Adopt a Shelter Pet Stamp Program. Halo now sponsors the acclaimed PBS series “Shelter Me,” the Olate Dogs Rescue Tour 2014-15,, and many more animal rescue efforts. Halo’s natural dog food, natural cat food, treats, supplements and grooming products are available at Petco, Sprouts, PetSmart Canada, and other fine pet specialty and natural food stores. Learn more

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