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Mutual Rescue: Our Story

A Mutual Rescue Film, 2018

Our Story

Through sharing authentic stories in film and print, Mutual Rescue™ presents compelling evidence that when people adopt animals, their own lives are often dramatically transformed in positive ways as well.

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Mike & Abbie

A Mutual Rescue Film, 2018

Featured Film

“I would never have known my full potential if I hadn’t helped a shelter dog find hers first.”
—Michael Uy

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Mike & Abbie

A Mutual Rescue Film, 2018

Now Playing Film

“I would never have known my full potential if I hadn’t helped a shelter dog find hers first.”
—Michael Uy

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Sarah & Domino

A Mutual Rescue Film, 2019

Featured Film

“Domino was broken. And I felt broken, as well. He was everything I needed when I was nothing.”
—Sarah Coletti

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Josh & Scout

A Mutual Rescue Film, 2017

Featured Film

"Even before he was my cat, before he even knew me that well, Scout saved my life."

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Eric & Peety

A Mutual Rescue Film, 2016

Our First Film

The first film, “Eric & Peety,” was instantly a viral Internet sensation and has been viewed over 100 million times.

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MUTUAL RESCUE BOOK

THE TRAILER

“Adopting a pet can greatly benefit the lives of people who are emotionally hurting.”

- Temple Grandin, PhD, author of

Animals in Translation & Animals Make Us Human

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Mutual Rescue Book Cover

“I love Mutual Rescue’s films, so when I heard about this new book, I raced to read it. The stories about rescued pets rescuing people were like rays of bright sunshine on a stormy afternoon. Truly an awe-inspiring book.”

- Marci Shimoff, #1 NY Times bestselling author of

Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul

All earnings from the sale of this book benefit Mutual Rescue, a national initiative of Humane Society Silicon Valley, a non-profit corporation.

Kim & Brian & Lana

A Mutual Rescue Film, 2019

Featured Film

“Grief is just love with nowhere to go. A rescue dog has given us a place to put that love.”
—Brian Rose

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Carol Novello

Photo ©Gerry Serrano

Carol Novello

Author

Carol Novello began rescuing animals at age 5 and hasn't stopped. With a Harvard MBA, she was a senior software executive and spent many years working in high tech, most recently at Intuit, Inc. Today, she is president of Humane Society Silicon Valley, where she launched Mutual Rescue™, a digital global campaign of short films designed to showcase the therapeutic benefits of animal companionship and encourage adoptions. Through her work at Humane Society Silicon Valley, she has been awarded the prestigious Maddie Hero Award for innovation and leadership in the animal welfare sector and has been recognized as an honoree at the Fifty Years of Women at Harvard Business School celebration. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she enjoys spending time with her own rescue companions: German shepherd, Tess and tuxedo cats, Bode and Herbie.

Ginny Graves

Collaborator

Ginny Graves specializes in bringing wellness, mental health, fitness and medical reporting to life for general audiences. An award-winning journalist, she has spent her 30-year career crafting narratives about people and the issues that fascinate, worry, beset and inspire them. She has collaborated on numerous books and is best known for her massive trove of in-depth magazine features, which have been touted on the covers of O, The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, Elle, Glamour, Runner’s World, Cosmopolitan, Reader’s Digest, Outside and National Geographic Adventure. When she’s not meeting deadlines, she’s usually on the trails with her three dogs near her home in Fairfax, California.

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