Presenting the next installment of the ‘Giving Back‘ series — a column that features people who are working creatively to help animals in need. Today we have a guest post by singer/songwriter Laurie Sweig. Her latest composition, ‘Forever Home’ is an impressive effort to raise money for rescue groups. Click through for a listen and the complete story…

(by Laurie Sweig) In May 2010 my partner and I adopted a Great Dane.

Lance’s life started in a puppy mill. It has been confirmed that he was from the Shawville, Quebec raid that took place in September 2011. Over 500 dogs were seized that day by rescue responders. Lance was fortunate to be taken out when he was and we are fortunate that he ended up with us.

I have said over and over again that adopting him has been one of the best things I have ever done. Granted, those words did not come out of my month as I repaired the door frames and base boards during his first few months with us — but in the big scheme of things we are thrilled that he is with us. He is amazing.

He is so amazing that he inspired a song called “Forever Home“. The term ‘forever home’ is often used when animals are put up for adoption. It really encourages people to think that adopting a pet is a life-long commitment.

So, I wrote this song about our dog. Now I would like that very song to benefit the organizations that are rescuing animals all over the world. To do this I have created the Forever Home Program.


From May 1, 2013 to October 31, 2013 all money from the sale of Forever Home will be divided equally between three organizations: Ottawa Mastiff and Boxer Rescue, Under My Wing Pug Rescue, and PAWS (Puppy Mill Awareness Working Solutions).

We are currently looking for organizations that would like to participate in the next round of the Forever Home Program. Those interest are welcome to get in touch with me at [email protected].

Forever Home is available for purchase on iTunes, Google Music and Amazon. But you can listen to a sample of it here for FREE before putting it on your trusty iPod.

{Cover art by Shirley Bittner}

PAWSH PERKS: Two of the rescues that benefit from this song’s proceeds are featured on our brand new, revamped RESCUES page.