All submissions we received from the Call for Mutual Rescue Stories in the spring of 2016 were evaluated in a 4-tier selection process. To advance to the final tier, stories had to demonstrate a clear mutual rescue theme, whereby the person and animal each profoundly benefited from the other. Additionally, only stories from the U.S. were eligible. The stories were screened by people with expertise in animal welfare, visual storytelling, and other relevant fields.
We received about 400 submissions.
After a series of individual and group reviews of the submissions, 50 final contenders were evaluated by our judges from coast to coast: Dr. Marty Becker, Tom Corwin, Ethan Goldman, Maggie Lawson, Joshua McGuire, Jude McVay, Doug Menuez, Karen Mullarkey, Amy Shojai, Phoebe Smolan, Rick Smolan, Gina Spadafori, Morgan Spurlock, Tracey Stewart, and Mark Ulriksen.
“Eric & Peety” was posted on Valentine’s Day, 2016, as a sample film to encourage submissions for our national Call for Mutual Rescue Stories. Since that time, more than 65 million people have viewed the film online and its impact is being felt in countless ways around the globe. Best of all, shelter animals are finding loving homes and people’s lives are improving as a result.
Given the interest we’ve seen outside the U.S. in this first year, we hope eventually to expand internationally.
In 2017, we are releasing the next four films in our series sequentially. We are already at work on the first film of the 2018 season.
Time, expertise, energy, enthusiasm, ideas, connections, goodwill, financial support, and love—these are ways you can help! Give to Mutual Rescue’s Kylie & Liza Fund.
We hope to announce our second Call for Mutual Rescue stories in early 2018.
Our goal is to help local animal shelters and rescue groups everywhere. If you would like to screen a Mutual Rescue film at your event, please tell us more about the opportunity.
We define “rescue animals” as pets who were in need of a home and were adopted, including those from animal shelters and rescue organizations, found abandoned or wounded, removed from a dangerous or abusive environment, or given a new home before they would have ended up homeless or in a shelter.
Contact your local animal shelter or rescue organization to find out how to help. Donating online to Mutual Rescue’s Kylie and Liza Fund is also an excellent way to support shelters and rescue groups across the U.S.
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