After more than a year of work, Colorado singer-songwriter Lissa Hanner has released a song and video to benefit three animal rescue groups in Colorado Springs: Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, All Breed Rescue & Training, and Happy Cats Haven, all of which are members of the Southern Colorado Animal Coalition.
"This is a subject close to my heart," Hanner says. "Ever since I was a little kid, I would bring home animals. Right now, I have five horses, three barn cats, and four dogs."
Hanner cowrote the song, "Take Me Home With You," with her brother Chuck Binkowski and recorded it at Jay Vern's studio in Nashville in 2015. She produced the accompanying video with videographer Ralph Giordano.
"Ralph and I have worked off and on over the past year on a video for the song and we have just released it to YouTube," she says. "It's really cool - its stars are some adorable rescue dogs and cats."
Regarding the animal rescue organizations selected, Hanner says, "I chose the three beneficiaries because I have personally worked with them. I have adopted animals from the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region and am a foster failure for ABRT. My barn cats are from Happy Cats Haven. I've seen how hard these organizations work to protect and rehome animals."
Hanner has dedicated a section of her website to the fundraising effort, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the organizations. Anyone who makes a donation will receive a link for a free download of the song via email. Donors will also be able to submit a photo of their rescue animal to be featured on the "Take Me Home With You" web page. "We are planning to produce another video for the song which will include some photos of adopted pets that have been submitted," she says.