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