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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.
Many of us have personal stories of animals we have known and loved in our lives. Mutual Rescue™ has 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mutual Rescue’s first film featured Eric O’Grey, who lost more than 140 pounds after he adopted a shelter dog named Peety, began walking 30 minutes a day and changed his diet. The story of how he went from death’s door to running the Boston Marathon is still inspiring people years later as an example of how pets are good for our health.
In “Doggy Day Out,” community volunteers take pets out of shelters for recreation and bonding, such as a hike, trip to a beach or sleepover at home. These events give stressed dogs and cats a break from the confines of shelters and have helped to increase adoptions. “When people go out with animal they have a bonding experience, and that person becomes an advocate to help get that animal adopted,” Mutual Rescue Founder Carol Novello says
Shelters in more than a dozen states now offer Doggy Day Out-type programs. Since they typically require minimal training and commitment from participants, they encourage members of the public, who normally wouldn’t have time to volunteer, to engage with their local shelter and advocate for the animals. It's a great excuse to get out and get some exercise or explore with a canine sidekick.
When organizations such as Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden, Colo., hold events to screen Mutual Rescue films, they inspire volunteers and donors as well as people considering adopting a pet. “When people watch our films it reminds them just how powerful having an animal in your life can be,” Carol says.
Mutual Rescue has attracted “amazing, talented people from around the world to contribute to our work,” Carol Novello says, “including Carol Guzy, a four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, and Christopher Tin, a two-time Grammy winner.” Guzy and Tin are among 40 respected artists whose work is featured in Mutual Rescue’s tribute films “Still Yours” and “Silent Paws.”
For everyone who has loved and lost an animal companion, Mutual Rescue has produced two tribute films imagining timeless messages from the spirits of a dog (“Still Yours”) and cat (“Silent Paws”). Through photography, poetry and music, these tributes illustrate the enduring bonds between pets and people and celebrate the power of love.
The Mutual Rescue™ film “Kylie & Liza” chronicled a girl’s battle against cancer, and how a rescue kitten provided comfort for her and her family. Carol discusses how this led to a unique partnership between the fight against childhood cancer, and for animal welfare.
The Mutual Rescue™ film “Josh and Scout” told how a rescue kitten helped Iraq veteran Josh Marino, who was severely wounded and received a Purple Heart, overcame the invisible wounds of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and thoughts of suicide. With suicide rates soaring and animal shelters often near capacity, Mutual Rescue is working to alleviate human and animal suffering by connecting people and pets.
Pets have the special ability to connect with people emotionally, even people suffering disabilities. The Mutual Rescue film “Tracy and Jack” explores how a three-legged, one-eyed dog helped his human companion recover from a debilitating injury, and sparked their mission to bring smiles to people with special needs.