If you’re like us, you’ll be enchanted by Le Sauvetage (The Rescue), a six-minute film starring the talented Olate Dogs.

Vetstreet got a sneak preview of the sweet film, which is presented by Halo, Purely for Pets and will premiere at the Sonoma International Film Festival on April 2. And we’re sharing it with you here!


You probably recall that the Olate Dogs won America’s Got Talent in 2012 with their amazing tricks. But you might not know that many of these natural performers are rescue dogs.

Family patriarch Richard Olate came up with his act on the streets of his native Chile when he was just 12 years old. He rescued stray dogs and trained them to be part of his amateur show. 

Years later, Richard saw his dream come true when his band of rescued dogs became professional entertainers. Today, he and his wife, Rebecca, and their son, Nicolas, continue to save dogs from shelters and train them to become part of their troupe.

In Le Sauvetage, the canine crew turns the tables on the typical rescue. In a story told in French (with subtitles), they spot Philippe, a bachelor, and weigh the pros and cons of adopting him.

“We keep talking about it, but I feel like the time is now,” says Magalie, the female pooch. “The kids are gone, you’re working less.”

“My little bug, you know humans are a lot of work, and they require a lot of time,” responds her male companion, Harold.

But they think he looks lonely and decide to go for it, training him to feed them and do tricks like they do before deciding to set him up with a companion — and take in a female human.

We don’t want to spoil the rest for you, so we’ll leave you to watch the magical story unfold!