Mutual Rescue™

Welcome to the online press kit for Mutual Rescue™

Making a Bigger Impact—Together

Changing the conversation from
people OR animals to people AND animals

When most of us think of making charitable donations, we think first and foremost of making a positive impact on people in need. This is a natural and beautiful inclination! Sadly however, animal welfare doesn’t make many people’s donation list. Of $373 billion in charitable donations made in the U.S. in 2015, less than 1% went to animal-related causes.

What if we told you human welfare and animal welfare go hand in hand?

Mutual Rescueis a national initiative created by Humane Society Silicon Valley to change the conversation around animal welfare. You’re not only saving animal lives when you donate to a local animal shelter, you are helping to transform the lives of people in your community for the better through life-changing human-animal relationships.

Helping Animals Helps People

To illustrate this truth, Mutual Rescue is launching a series of films aimed at revealing the impact people and animals have on one another. The first film, “Eric & Peety,” was instantly a viral Internet sensation and has been viewed more than 65 million times. In 2016, the "Eric & Peety" film was honored with the Relationships First Award, presented by the My Hero Project whose mission is to use media, art and technology to celebrate the best of humanity.

In 2017, Mutual Rescue is releasing four more films in the series, the first of which will be “Kylie & Liza,” the story of a young girl battling childhood cancer and the kitten she and her family adopted.

Mutual Rescue emphasizes bringing local communities together to support both animals and humans. People from every community have stories to tell about how shelter animals have changed their lives for the better, and Mutual Rescue is bringing these stories to the world stage. The next four films highlight this impact and represent the far corners of the country, from Pittsburgh to Seattle, from Georgia to the Rocky Mountains.

Local Giving Matters

A recent survey revealed that 71% of Americans believe their local humane society is a branch of The Humane Society of the United States. This is not the case, and one of Mutual Rescue’s goals is to help people understand the importance of giving directly to their local shelters to create the biggest impact in their local communities.

Together, we are changing lives!

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PRESS RELEASE (July 01, 2016): Eric O’Grey, subject of Mutual Rescue™ viral film, to serve as spokesperson for nationwide effort

PRESS RELEASE (July 01, 2016): Mutual Rescue™ highlights bonds of people and pets

PRESS RELEASE (February 01, 2017): Mutual Rescue™ - New National Movement to Focus on the Life-Saving Bond Between People and Pets

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