Everyone is welcome to request resources to host a Mutual Rescue Film Festival—Animal shelters, rescue groups, individuals, community organizations, businesses, charities, foundations, others—provided that it benefits an animal-welfare organization in your community as approved by Mutual Rescue. Events can range from informal gatherings to dazzling galas. They can be used for community engagement or fundraising—it’s up to you!
Mutual Rescue’s origin story, an engaging way to start your event and give context to the films that follow. 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.
“Keema & Her Pack” [9:44] View Film
The effects of child abuse, poverty, racism and homophobia made it difficult for a young woman to open her heart—until a chance encounter with a dog changed the trajectory of her life.
“Until I started working with dogs, I didn’t know what love was.”
— Shakeema Hutcherson
“Bhuvana & Abhishek & Lollipop” [7:49] View Film
“Having one common thing that we both just loved changed things. We call the three of us a family.”
“Jade & Trubs” [5:50] View Film
Trubs, an unadoptable cat with a chronic illness and Jade, an autistic girl, form an instant and unexpected bond. Trubs, who seemed to sense Jade’s challenges, helps her find peace in situations that formerly caused her anguish.
“As a parent of a special-needs child, your hopes are that they have a normal life. I never thought this would happen because of a shelter cat that no one else wanted.”
—Jessica Allen, Jade’s Mom
“Kim & Brian & Lana ” [7:41] View Film
Kim and Brian were devastated by the death of their newborn baby. While Kim began to heal, Brian remained locked in his grief. Adopting Lana, a German shepherd mix, gave Brian an outlet for his grief and helped the couple bond again.
“Grief is just love with nowhere to go, and Lana has given us a place to put that love.”
“Sarah & Domino” [5:45] View Film
Sarah’s chronic pain led her to become addicted to drugs. Rescuing a neglected dog became a catalyst for change in her own life. With courage and perseverance, Sarah recovered and begins again with Domino as her constant companion and source of inspiration.
“Even though I was in a really bad position myself, I was the better option by far for Domino. He was just broken, and I felt broken as well.”
After taking in Grace, an abused pit bull, Patrick, a young competitive athlete suffers a debilitating stroke. This is the story of a strong dog and strong man both beaten down, building each other back up.
“I’ll never be the athlete I was, but Grace has changed my definition of strength.”
When everything in Mike’s world collapsed around him he found Abbie, a shy kelpie pup traumatized from having been abandoned on a busy highway. Together they embarked on a remarkable journey of recovery that resulted in adventure, world records and joy.
“I would never have known my full potential if I hadn’t helped a shelter dog find hers first.”
Jessi’s boyfriend was the life of the party. His unexpected suicide cast her into a downward spiral of anxiety and depression. When she happened upon Andi, a puppy at a local shelter, she found a path to a brighter future.
“While my life looks different than I thought it was going to, Andi made me start seeing that there could be another future. She really was the one that pulled me out of my darkness.”
We follow a young soldier from a battlefield in Iraq, where he sustained traumatic injuries, to Fort Riley, Kansas. There, an unlikely savior appears and saves him from taking his own life and leads him into a life he never imagined possible.
“Even before he was my cat, before he even knew me that well, Scout saved my life. He put me on a different path. He gave me the confidence to try to come back from all the adversity that I was feeling.”
When Tracy and Jack each suffered extreme injuries, they managed to heal each other. Jack’s positive attitude and spirit spread to Tracy, helping her along her own road to recovery.
“He has three legs and one eye...but it has no impact on him whatsoever. To Jack, everything is a source of joy.”
In her final days, Kylie, a young girl with cancer, was comforted by a rescue kitten named Liza. In the same way Liza bonded with Kylie when she most needed her, the kitten intuitively comforted the grieving family after Kylie’s passing.
“I’ve heard people describe animals like angels. I never really understood what that meant until Liza met Kylie.”
—Robin Myers, Kylie’s Mom
To those who have loved and lost an animal companion, Mutual Rescue offers two short films with timeless messages from the spirits of a dog (“Still Yours”) and cat (“Silent Paws”). Through photography, poetry and music, these films illustrate the enduring bonds between animals and people and celebrate the power of love.
West Hollywood, CA
February 13–16, 2020
February 1, 2020
San Diego, CA
January 29–February 2, 2020
December 9, 2019
WINNER: BEST FILM, BEST PERFORMANCES
New York City, NY
Bar K Dog Bar, Kansas City, MO
October 20, 2018
August 23, 2018
August 21, 2018
Colorodo Springs, CO
American Mountaineering Museam, Golden, CO
June 27, 2018
Hammer Theatre, San Jose, CA
June 24, 2018
Flint Center for the Performing Arts, Cupertino, CA
September 18, 2016
On-site screening of Mutual Rescue films, using available resources. A low-cost way to elevate awareness and engage staff, volunteers, board members, and other associates of the presenting organization and beneficiary.
Off-site screening of Mutual Rescue films at private homes, businesses, boardrooms, hotels, and community spaces, using available resources or rented equipment. Intended to attract new supporters and broaden circles of awareness about animal welfare in your community.
Screening of Mutual Rescue films at professional venues such as theaters, performance spaces, school auditoriums, churches, or outdoor settings such as botanical gardens, beaches, or parks, using professional resources and staff. Could include Mutual Rescue representatives, including film subjects, and an opportunity to purchase Mutual Rescue’s book (Reduced price for Mutual Rescue book) at a special price to offer for sale for fundraising. Moderate to higher costs with excellent fundraising potential.
Screening of Mutual Rescue films at large venues with professional equipment and staff. This is an excellent opportunity for the presenter to partner with sponsors to produce a special event to attract news coverage, social-media attention, community leaders, etc. Option to include Mutual Rescue representatives, a panel discussion with film subjects, and an opportunity to purchase Mutual Rescue’s book (Reduced price for Mutual Rescue book) at a special price to offer for sale for fundraising or as a gift to attendees, with the possibility of a post-screening book signing.