Published by Grand Central Publishing — April 9, 2019
How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too
by Carol Novello with Ginny Graves
“An impressive and inspiring work guaranteed to spur a visit to a rescue web site or trip to the local Humane Society.”
-- Publishers Weekly, starred review
MUTUAL RESCUE is the first book to profile the transformational impact that pets have on humans by exploring the emotional, physical, and spiritual gifts rescued animals provide. Compelling research is woven throughout the four sections of the book, Heart, Body, Mind and Connection, and every chapter takes a deep dive into the animal adoption journey deepening the understanding for every human who has ever felt enriched, soothed or restored by an animal and wanted to know why.
Our nation is plagued by illnesses; sixteen million adults suffer from depression, twenty-nine million have diabetes, eight million in any given year have PTSD, and nearly forty percent are obese. It has been established that rescue pets can help. Sixty percent of doctors said they prescribe pet adoption and a staggering ninety-seven percent believe that pet ownership provides health benefits. For people in chronic emotional, physical, or spiritual pain, adopting an animal can transform, and even save, their lives.
MUTUAL RESCUE answers the question of “Who Saves Who” and highlights the research that confirms for our heads what our hearts already know.
Carol Novellobegan rescuing animals at five years of age and hasn't stopped. With a Harvard MBA, she was a senior executive working in high tech, most recently at Intuit, Inc. Today, she is the 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 Maddie's Fund "Maddie Hero Award" for innovation and leadership in the sector and has been recognized as an honoree at the Fifty Years of Women at Harvard Business School celebration in Northern California. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she enjoys spending time with her own rescue companions, Tess, a German shepherd, and her tuxedo cats, Bode and Herbie.
Praise for Carol Novello and Mutual Rescue:
“Through authentic accounts, scientific evidence, and personal narrative, Carol Novello illustrates how when we rescue a homeless animal, we ourselves are so often rescued right back!
This book is destined to save lives."
─Marty Becker, DVM and Jack Canfield,
#1 NY Times bestselling co-authors of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
“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!”
#1 NY Times Bestselling Author of Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul
"Mutual Rescue juxtaposes authentic stories and scientific thought about the animal-human bond.
It touches hearts, opens minds, and inspires compassion—a life-changing book."
Founder of Duke Canine Cognition Center and New York Times Bestseller Author of The Genius of Dogs
"Packed with heartrending stories of struggling people who have adopted homeless animals, this fascinating book reveals the many unrecognized ways dogs and cats can ground us, provide a sense of purpose and give us the strength to move forward.
Part science, part story, Mutual Rescue is all heart.
It made me cry and filled me with hope for our planet and every person on it."
author of Living with Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy
“Adopting a pet can greatly benefit the lives of people who are emotionally hurting.
Read these heartwarming stories inMutual Rescue.”
Author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human
250,000 Animal Lives Saved; No-Kill New York City Within Reach
NEW YORK, NY: December 16, 2013 – In just one decade, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals has brought New York City within reach of becoming a no-kill community.
Since its founding in 2003, this public-private coalition of more than 150 animal shelters, rescue groups, veterinarians, and others has saved the lives of more than a quarter of a million homeless animals and found homes for the vast majority. Because of the Alliance, New York City now has the lowest euthanasia rate per capita of any major U.S. metropolis (1 out of 1,000).
Said Jane Hoffman, co-founder, president and board chair of the Mayor’s Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization not affiliated with the City of New York: “The Alliance has succeeded because of the combined efforts and tireless dedication of its community partners. As we begin our second decade, the goal of a no-kill New York City is within sight and the strength of this collaboration has never been greater.”
The Alliance’s outsized impact on the welfare of New York City’s animals can be seen in achievements like these:
1. Euthanasia of cats and dogs at the City’s animal shelters has declined 80 percent, to just over 6,000 (projected) from just under 32,000 a decade ago ─ an all-time low for Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C). This means that the Alliance and its member groups are succeeding in finding homes for eight out of every 10 dogs and cats entering AC&C.
2. The Alliance’s shelters and rescue groups have found adoptive homes for more than a quarter of a million dogs and cats. In 2012 alone, 28,000 pets were adopted – many through Alliance events like Adoptapalooza!, Whiskers in Wonderland, and Maddie's®Pet Adoption Days.
3. The Alliance's Wheels of Hope fleet of animal-transport vans has ferried almost 70,000 dogs and cats from AC&C shelters to foster and adoptive families, to Alliance partner shelters dedicated to finding them homes, and to veterinary appointments – all at no cost to the groups and individuals served. With transportation a particular challenge for many Alliance groups, Wheels of Hope, launched in 2005, fills a critical gap seven days a week, 365 days a year.
4. The Alliance’s NYC Feral Cat Initiative, also launched in 2005, has made huge strides in solving New York City’s feral cat overpopulation crisis. By offering free training workshops to groups and individuals who perform Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR); through giveaways of cat food, straw, and additional critical supplies; and by means of other supportive efforts, the Alliance is helping to humanely reduce the number of community (feral) cats.
5. The Alliance’s medical fund, a key initiative from the start, has paid for urgent veterinary care for thousands of sick and injured cats and dogs awaiting adoption.
Said President Jane Hoffman: “Working together, the individuals and groups of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals have made a dramatic impact on the welfare of the homeless dogs and cats that share our city and our lives. We are proud of what we have achieved since our founding 10 years ago and we look forward to another decade of equally stellar results.”
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The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that works with more than 150 partner rescue groups and no-kill shelters to offer important programs and services to save the lives of NYC's homeless animals. Receiving no government funding, we are supported by donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals. As we mark our tenth anniversary in 2013, we are committed to transforming New York City into a no-kill community by 2015: where no dogs or cats of reasonable health and temperament will be killed merely because they do not have homes. www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org
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