Shelters and Nonprofits

When we help companion animals, we help people, too.


Mutual Rescue for Shelters and Nonprofits

Since 2016, Mutual Rescue has been supporting animal shelters with grants, films, and programs that encourage public engagement with local shelters. Our Doggy Day Out toolkit has helped more than 100 shelters start day foster programs that save lives and invite the community to become advocates, volunteers, and donors. Our corporate sponsorships bring new money into the animal-welfare sector. Mutual Rescue directs those funds to where they’re most needed: right to the shelters. We’re changing the way people view companion animals and shelters.

Doggy Day Out Toolkit for Shelters


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Photo by Kristi Johnson

People and Animals

At the heart of everything we do is our core belief that when we help companion animals, we help people, too. Mutual Rescue’s archive of award-winning films is available to approved nonprofit organizations hosting off-line events and fundraisers. Whether you’re with an animal shelter or a human-services organization, we’d love to hear from you.



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Photo by Christopher Briscoe
  • We really appreciate Mutual Rescue and their commitment to helping animals everywhere. Their collaborative approach and willingness to share resources—in our case a $10,000 grant from a national sponsor—is a wonderful model for the animal-welfare world. Mutual Rescue is advocating for best practices on a national level and saving lives at the local level.”
    Torre Chisholm, Friends of Pima Animal Care Center, Tucson AZ
  • Our partnership with Mutual Rescue has been beneficial to helping homeless and abandoned animals in the Las Vegas community. Their generous $10,000 grant went to many of our lifesaving programs. This allows us to fulfill our mission and keep pets with their families, where they belong. Thank you, Mutual Rescue, for helping us make a difference.”
    Kelsey Pizzi, The Animal Foundation, Las Vegas NV

Cash Grants to Shelters

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$40,000 from Backcountry, Dutch Bros, and a private donor

Through Mutual Rescue, Backcountry, Dutch Bros, and a generous private donor gave $10,000 to each of four animal-welfare organizations, for a total of $40,000. Backcountry customers had the opportunity to donate through the company’s retail site and all donations were matched. The partnership concluded with a volunteer day at the shelters. Teams of Backcountry employees visited to take dogs out on adventures. The Backcountry staff had an amazing time and the dogs got a day full of exercise and attention, and a break from shelter life.

  • Angels of Assisi, Roanoke VA
  • Humane Society of Utah, Murray UT
  • Ruff Haven Crisis Sheltering, Salt Lake City UT
  • Salt Lake County Animal Services, Salt Lake City UT

$100,000 from Dutch Bros

Dutch Bros, inspired by Mutual Rescue’s national Doggy Day Out program, awarded ten rescue organizations $10,000 each, totaling $100,000:

  • Pima Animal Care Center, Tucson AZ
  • Humane Society of Yuma, Yuma AZ
  • Front Street Animal Shelter, Sacramento CA
  • Teller County Regional Animal Services, Divide CO
  • The Animal Foundation, Las Vegas NV
  • Oregon Humane Society, Portland OR
  • Seattle Humane, Bellevue WA
  • Friends of Kern County Animal Shelters, Bakersfield CA
  • Nevada Humane Society, Reno NV
  • Humane Society for Southwest Washington, Vancouver WA

$40,000 from PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities signed on for a year in 2017 as Mutual Rescue’s first major sponsor for programmatic and operational support—including a total of $40,000 in cash awards to rescue organizations selected by the subjects of that year’s Mutual Rescue films:

  • Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Alpharetta GA, $10,000 (“Kylie & Liza”)
  • Friends of Foothills Animal Shelter, Golden CO, $5,000 (“Jessi & Andi”)
  • Humane Animal League, Pittsburgh PA, $10,000 (“Josh & Scout”)
  • Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, Colorado Springs CO, $5,000 (“Jessi & Andi”)
  • Seattle Humane, Bellevue WA, $10,000 (“Tracy & Jack”)