Submit Your Story

Mutual Rescue periodically reviews story submissions for our future films, website, and social-media channels


If you’ve been saved by a companion animal you rescued, we’d love to hear from you.

We define “rescue animals” as companion animals who were in need of a home and were adopted from animal shelters or 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.

Past Story Judges

With the release of “Eric & Peety,” Mutual Rescue’s national call for stories generated more than 400 submissions. Judges from coast to coast evaluated the top-tier stories for theme, narrative arc, emotional impact, originality, diversity, and the potential to translate the story into a compelling Mutual Rescue film.

Past story judges include the Mutual Rescue team; filmmaking partner Tectonic; board members, donors, volunteers, and staff at Humane Society Silicon Valley; and recognized professionals in animal welfare, science, philanthropy, journalism, and the arts—including Dr. Marty Becker, Tom Corwin, Jenna Donleavy, Jennifer Erwitt, Ethan Goldman, Tisha Haney, Ingrid King, Bonnie-Jill Laflin, Maggie Lawson, Josh McGuire, Jude McVay, Doug Menuez, Karen Mullarkey, Amy Shojai, Phoebe Smolan, Rick Smolan, Gina Spadafori, Morgan Spurlock, Tracey Stewart, Mark Ulriksen, and Kayleen VanderRee and Danielle Gumbley, and others.

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