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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WALKING WITH PEETY
The Dog Who Saved My Life
By Eric O’Grey with Mark Dagostino
Grand Central Publishing Hardcover
Pub date: October 10, 2017
$26.00 / ISBN: 9781478971160
eBook ISBN: 9781478971146
Nick Small, Associate Director of Publicity
Grand Central Life & Style
Grand Central Publishing is proud to present WALKING WITH PEETY by Eric O’Grey with
Mark Dagostino, a heartwarming story of how transformation can come from surprising
places—a visit to an animal shelter and finding a special dog ended up saving Eric O’Grey’s
O’Grey was 150 pounds overweight, depressed, and sick. After a lifetime of failed diet attempts,
and the onset of type 2 diabetes, he went to a new doctor, who surprisingly prescribed
a shelter dog. And that’s when O’Grey met Peety: an overweight, middle-aged, and
forgotten dog who, like O’Grey, had seen better days. The two adopted each other and began
an incredible journey, forming a bond of unconditional love that forever changed their
lives. Over the course of their first year together, O’Grey lost 150 pounds and Peety lost 25.
As a result, O’Grey reversed his diabetes, got off all medication, and became happy and
healthy for the first time in his life. He started dating for the first time in fifteen years—and
eventually reconnected with the long-lost love of his life. And Peety? His love would lead
the way on the doggie adventure of a lifetime. WALKING WITH PEETY is for anyone who
is ready to make a change in his or her life, and for everyone who knows the joy, love, and
hope that a dog can inspire. This is more than a tale of mutual rescue. This is an epic story
of friendship and strength.
ERIC O’GREY is an inspirational speaker with a bachelor of science in finance from San
Jose State University and a Juris Doctor from Emory University. Eric enjoys long-distance
running with his dog, Jake, gourmet plant-based cooking, and spending time with his wife,
Jaye. He is passionate about animal kindness, plant-based nutrition, and helping others
reverse obesity and achieve their optimal weight and happiness. More information about
Eric and his initiatives is available on his website EricandPeety.com.
MARK DAGOSTINO is a multiple New York Times bestselling coauthor whose career has
been built through the sharing of uplifting and inspirational stories. Before becoming an
author, Mark served ten years on staff as a correspondent, columnist, and senior writer for
People magazine in New York and Los Angeles. More information is available on his website
Animal-Welfare Organization Mutual Rescue™ Launches Fourth Film with PetSmart Charities
“Jessi & Andi” is the uplifting story of a woman who overcomes tragedy with love from a shelter dog
[September 25, 2017], [Silicon Valley, CA] – National animal-welfare initiative Mutual Rescue™ created a new film series for 2017 in partnership with PetSmart Charities. On August 30, 2017, the organization launched the fourth film in this series: “Jessi & Andi.” Set against the majestic Rockies, it is the uplifting story of two lost souls whose paths crossed at a pivotal moment in both their lives.
Jessi’s boyfriend was always the life of the party. They spent lots of time together as a couple, going out with friends and planning their future marriage. When he took his own life, Jessi was not only shocked and saddened, but also left derailed from the path she had planned with the love of her life.
At night, Jessi couldn’t sleep. During the day, she felt like she couldn’t get out of bed. Life began to lose all meaning. Then one day she was browsing shelter dogs online, trying to take her mind off of her sorrow. That’s when she saw Andi, a lab mix who she says “looked how I felt.”
The more time Jessi spent with Andi, the better she felt. Andi helped renew Jessi’s spirit and her interest in life’s possibilities.
“One of the biggest things I learned from Andi,” Jessi shares, “is how to live in the moment and take joy in the littlest of things. … I think that’s something we could all be better at.”
Mutual Rescue, whose films collectively have garnered over 122 million views, emphasizes bringing local communities together to support both animals and humans. People everywhere have stories to tell about how shelter animals changed their lives for the better, and Mutual Rescue is bringing these stories to light. The 2017 film series highlights this impact, from Pittsburgh to Seattle, from Georgia to the Rockies.
The lives of both people and pets are enriched when homeless animals are adopted and local shelter groups are supported through donations and volunteering in their communities. Visit MutualRescue.org.
Making a Bigger Impact—Together
Changing the conversation from
people OR animals to people AND animals
When most of us think of making charitable donations, we think first and foremost of making a positive impact on people in need. This is a natural and beautiful inclination! Sadly however, animal welfare doesn’t make many people’s donation list. Of $373 billion in charitable donations made in the U.S. in 2015, less than 1% went to animal-related causes.
What if we told you human welfare and animal welfare go hand in hand?
Mutual Rescue™ is a national initiative created by Humane Society Silicon Valley to change the conversation around animal welfare. You’re not only saving animal lives when you donate to a local animal shelter, you are helping to transform the lives of people in your community for the better through life-changing human-animal relationships.
Helping Animals Helps People
To illustrate this truth, Mutual Rescue has launched a series of films aimed at revealing the impact people and animals have on one another. The first film, “Eric & Peety,” was instantly a viral Internet sensation and has been viewed more than 88 million times in the past year. Last year, "Eric & Peety" was honored with the Relationships First Award, presented by the My Hero Project, whose mission is to use media, art and technology to celebrate the best of humanity. This year, “Eric & Peety” was an honoree of the Webby Awards.
During 2017, Mutual Rescue is releasing four more films in the series, the first of which was “Kylie & Liza,” the story of a young girl battling cancer and the kitten she and her family adopted. In “Tracy & Jack,” we met a woman who suffered a debilitating fall while horseback riding, who learned to love life again with the help of a three-legged, one-eyed shelter dog. Mutual Rescue’s latest film is “Josh & Scout,” which tells the tale of a soldier suffering from PTSD and severe depression and the kitten who saved his life at just the right moment.
Mutual Rescue emphasizes bringing local communities together to support both animals and humans. People everywhere have stories to tell about how shelter animals have changed their lives for the better, and Mutual Rescue is bringing these stories to light. The 2017 film series highlights this impact, from Pittsburgh to Seattle, from Georgia to the Rockies.
Those who have a Mutual Rescue story of their own to tell are invited to submit it for consideration for future films and publications.
Local Giving Matters
A recent survey revealed that 71% of Americans believe their local humane society is a branch of The Humane Society of the United States. This is not the case, and one of Mutual Rescue’s goals is to help people understand the importance of giving directly to their local shelters to create the biggest impact in their local communities.
Together, we are changing lives!