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From Internet Sensation to Action

The Mutual Rescue initiative was created to give voice to the transformational power of human-animal relationships. To accomplish this, they set out to create a series of short films that tell the stories of people and the rescued animals who changed their lives. The first Mutual Rescue film, “Eric & Peety,” went viral and was viewed more than 100 million times in two years. They share what worked, what challenges they encountered, and what they’re doing next.

The Healing Power of Animal Friendship

Many of us have personal stories of animals we have known and loved in our lives. Mutual Rescuehas made it their mission to find and share the country's most powerful stories of human-animal friendship. Here are just some of the ways that animal relationships can transform and heal people’s lives.

Morbidly Obese to Marathon Runner

Eric O’Grey was warned that death was imminent if he didn’t get his health under control. He adopted a shelter dog named Peety, began walking for 30 minutes a day and changed his eating habits to center on a plant-based diet. Here’s how one morbidly obese man went from death’s door to running in the Boston Marathon.

Why We Love Animals

Animals enrich our lives in so many ways. Here is some of the latest research on why and how we connect with animals, as well as some ideas for how to improve your animal connections.

Animal Companionship for Healthy Living

Whether you are already embracing best practices for your health or you need some inspiration to get your health routine in gear, here are some tips for how animal companions can help you along your path to wellness.

De-stress With a Pet

There is science behind why animals can help us feel more calm and relaxed. If you are looking to de-stress your life, a pet could be the answer.

The Genius of the Office Dog

Some may think of the office dog as a sign of the times. With company culture a chief concern of many up-and-coming recruits, businesses are increasingly trying to define themselves as people-friendly places where employee comfort is paramount.. Here’s where the office dog comes in.

Animal Caregivers

When it comes to dealing with pain or illness, leading-edge hospitals and nursing-care facilities are beginning to incorporate four-legged helpers into their teams and patients are enjoying the benefits.

Rescue Cat Helps One Family Battle Childhood Cancer

The Myers family didn’t know how much of a difference Liza, the kitten in need of a home, would make for them during and after their daughter Kylie’s battle with childhood cancer. Their story is featured in the Mutual Rescue film, “Kylie & Liza.”

What Do Childhood Cancer and Animal Welfare Have in Common?

Both childhood cancer and animal welfare are woefully underfunded in the United States. The Myers family is championing both causes in honor of their daughter Kylie’s memory.

Family Fights to End Childhood Cancer and Animal Homelessness

The Mutual Rescue film “Kylie & Liza” shows one girl’s brave battle with childhood cancer and the adopted kitten, Liza, who helped the whole family get through it. When Kylie passed, her parents Robin and Mark made it their mission to become a voice for the voiceless — children and animals — in Kylie’s memory.

Animal Welfare Organization Partners with Family

When the Myers family submitted their story to Mutual Rescue, they had no idea the animal welfare organization would select them to be featured in their ongoing film series. The film “Kylie & Liza” is the story of Kylie Myers and her battle with childhood cancer, and the rescue kitten who made a difference for her and her family.

Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

In championing the causes of ending childhood cancer and animal homelessness, the Myers family is helping to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves. Their journey was inspired by their daughter Kylie’s brave battle with childhood cancer.

Charitable Giving to Help Animals and Children

2.7 million homeless animals are euthanized in the U.S. every year, yet of the $380 billion in annual U.S. charitable donations, only about 2% goes to animal-related causes. Cancer is the number one cause of childhood death by disease. Approximately 1 in 285 children have been diagnosed. The National Cancer Institute’s recent budget was $4.9 billion with childhood cancer receiving only about 4% of that amount. Here’s how you can make sure your donation goes to these underserved causes.

Special Needs Dog Helps Woman Heal

Tracy Campion had a crippling fall from horseback. She shattered her pelvis, broke her sacrum and found herself unable to walk. Her recovery was long and arduous and she spent months confined to a wheelchair. Lab mix Jack lost a leg and an eye after being hit by a car. They rescued each other.

Lessons In Joy from a Three-Legged Dog

In true dog fashion, Lab mix Jack seems not to even notice the fact that he has three legs and one eye. To him, life is joy. His caretaker Tracy Campion shares how Jack helped her to overcome debilitating injury and enjoy life again.

Pets and People: Healing Together

After a life-altering injury, Tracy Campion decided to adopt a rescue dog. She had no idea that the dog would rescue her in return. “I wanted to get the kind of dog that nobody else wanted,” Tracy shares, “that outwardly looked the way I inwardly felt.” When Jack walked up to the edge of his enclosure and raised his single front paw to the glass, looking out at Tracy from his one remaining eye, she knew she had found her new companion.

Disabled Dog Shows Special Care for Special Needs People

Three-legged, one-eyed dog Jack is naturally drawn to people he encounters who have special needs. Jack had been hit by a car, losing a front leg and an eye and barely escaping with his life. Now, he and his human companion Tracy Campion bring smiles to special needs people they encounter as they renew their joy for life together.

Kitten Helps Veteran Battle PTSD

Purple Heart veteran Josh Marino’s life was saved from the depth’s of PTSD and depression by a kitten he named Scout. Josh was wounded in battle in Iraq. He sustained multiple concussions and experienced severe headaches, anxiety, depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These painful “invisible wounds” propelled him to the point where he had decided to end his life. That’s when a small meow from the bushes outside his barracks suddenly changed everything.

Vet Gives Voice to “Silent Wound” PTSD

So many veterans suffer from what Purple Heart awardee Josh Marino calls the “silent wounds” of PTSD, anxiety and depression. He shares how adopting a stray cat helped him break the silence. As Josh sat outside in the rain, in the depths of despair, he heard a cry from the bushes and found a black-and-white kitten looking up at him. Profoundly moved that this little soul had found him just when he most needed someone, Josh turned his focus to caring for the stray, whom he named Scout.

How Can Pets Help Us Heal?

Decorated veteran Josh Marino shares his Mutual Rescue story of saving a stray cat and how that cat saved him from the depths of depression and PTSD. “Even in the darkest of times, there is always a ray of light to guide you home," says Josh. "And sometimes that hope comes from the most unexpected sources.”

Finding New Life Through Pet Adoption

After her boyfriend’s suicide, Jessi Burns couldn’t sleep and didn’t want to get out of bed. Adopting shelter dog Andi reconnected her to her life.

When Tragedy Strikes, Recover with a Pet

Life has its ups and downs, but when the hardest times in life occur, animals can provide just the right support and unconditional love to help people make it through.

Can a Dog Help You Heal?

Shelter dog Andi helped Jessi Burns recover from her boyfriend’s suicide emotionally and physically. Now the two are avid hikers and have created a new happy, healthy life together.
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