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!