Mutual Rescue: How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too

Mutual Rescue: How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too

by Carol Novello

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A moving and scientific look at the curative powers--both physical and mental--of rescuing a shelter animal, by the president of Humane Society Silicon Valley.

MUTUAL RESCUE profiles the transformational impact that shelter pets have on humans, exploring the emotional, physical, and spiritual gifts that rescued animals provide. It explores through anecdote, observation, and scientific research, the complexity and depth of the role that pets play in our lives. Every story in the book brings an unrecognized benefit of adopting homeless animals to the forefront of the rescue conversation.

In a nation plagued by illnesses--16 million adults suffer from depression, 29 million have diabetes, 8 million in any given year have PTSD, and nearly 40% are obese--rescue pets can help: 60% of doctors said they prescribe pet adoption and a staggering 97% 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.

Each story in the book takes a deep dive into one potent aspect of animal adoption, told through the lens of people's personal experiences with their rescued pets and the science that backs up the results. This book will resonate with readers hungering for stories of healing and redemption.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538713556
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 227,829
File size: 24 MB
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About the Author

Carol Novello began rescuing animals at age 5 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.

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Mutual Rescue: How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Sonia Kohrs 5 months ago
This book is just what I (and my book club) need. I love the relatable and uplifting vignettes. The stories melted my heart and put it back together each time. This book, full of love, hope, and relationship, will leave you with a renewed sense of hope at a time when we can all use a little ”pick me up.” Loved it! As an aside, it was perfect for my segmented reading schedule! The way the chapters are set up allowed my reading time to fit into my schedule perfectly. While I loved reading it, I would love to hear the audible version. I hope it comes out soon!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Thank you for sharing these wonderful stories and your heartfelt message of Mutual Rescue, backed by serious research and scholarly work. Your book and the videos that preceded it have opened my eyes to the importance of human relationships with our fellow furry creatures on this planet.
Anonymous 4 months ago
The uplifting effects of Mutual Rescue are profound. Carol’s insight to capture the essence of these true stories is brilliant. Carol is onto something great with her phenomenon of the “rescue effect”. Just read the introduction and you’ll be hooked! This book speaks to your heart. It motivates and inspires you. You won’t want to put it down. It makes you want to reach out and share it with others. I’ve just ordered multiple copies for family and friends. Wonderful!!!
E_charnes 5 months ago
People and animals and the profound impact they have on each other’s lives, this book is a collection of moving stories. It’s also filled with interesting research that shines a light on what’s happening in our hearts and brains when we share our lives with furry friends. Carol’s own stories throughout the book add wisdom and insight to this inspiring read.
Anonymous 5 months ago
In a time where many are searching for hope, love and connection, you'll be indelibly touched by the transformational real-life stories of Mutual Rescue. I loved the dynamic exchange of giving and receiving, of rescuing and being rescued. The stories will captivate your attention, broaden your awareness and warm your heart. You’ll be inspired as you feel the love between people and their pets and how profoundly they’ve mutually enhanced the quality of each other's life experience. LOVED!
Eric O'Grey 5 months ago
A magnificent, uplifting, inspiring book! This book includes a wonderful collection of stories about how adopted animals can help humans achieve recovery, redemption and hope, and how rescuing a companion animal can also transform your life! After adopting my dog Peety from the author's shelter, my life was enriched forever in many incredible ways. You can read the story about me and Peety and so many more in this special book, which will hopefully also inspire you to meet and adopt your own new best friend!
Stephanie Ladeira 5 months ago
Most books focus on animal stories - without showing the value animals have explicitly on our lives as human beings. Novello's book is one-part animal/human stories (page turning, heart-warming, uplifting), one-part data (finally! stories and data about why animals help humans and not just vice versa) and one-part inspiration (how our human populations can get involved in saving and enhancing shelter animals' lives both INSIDE a shelter and through adoption and involvement). Novello's writing style is easy to read, and conversational - makes the reader want to have a bigger discussion with her to hear more of the amazing stories and facts recounted in the book. This book will appeal to hard-core animal advocates, general population animal lovers and even those who like animals, but feel a little bit embarrassed by it! :) Really makes the case for supporting your local shelter, and why it truly is not "animals or people", but "animals AND people". Buy this book for all your friends!
Sandra Mallalieu 5 months ago
Beautifully written & inspirational! Carol brings to light what we all knew to be true as pet parents, that there is scientific proof that saving an animal has as powerful as effect on us as on our rescues. The personal stories highlighted are poignant and moving, recounted in such a compassionate and inspirational approach. The best book you can give as a gift this year.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Through a series of touching anecdotes, grounded in scientific research, Mutual Rescue highlights the notion that rescue pets have a profound effect on human lives. They have the ability to connect with humans who have perhaps retreated from the world in general - as they are our most diligent listeners (without the judgement). Mutual Rescue shows us why we, humans, need pets in our lives, and why animals are an asset in helping human's to create long-lasting relationships. A must-read for animal lovers and non-animal lovers alike!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Deep gratitude for this message of love, connection and the best form of therapy! Heart melting book that weaves all the pieces together beautifully to shine a spotlight on our connection with our furry, four-legged family members. I’ve always loved animals and my loving and loyal pets have stolen my heart over and over…now I know more about why that is, thanks to Carol’s book! The unconditional love, support and loyalty I received from my pets was exactly what I needed…they “rescued” me time after time and day after day filled my life with joy and companionship. Carol’s book gives us data, research and real-life testimonials on how our animals help us heal, grow…makes me think of the lyric, “Lord help me be the kind of person my dog thinks I am.” This book beautifully illustrates what a true life-changing gift our animals, our “rescuers” are and silly us, we don’t even realize we are the ones being “rescued”. This book is such a blessing. Many thanks to Carol for bringing attention to one of the most powerful forms of love and therapy available to us!
Anonymous 5 months ago
This book is wonderful for anyone to read — if you don’t have an adopted pet, you may very well be finding yourself wanting one and if you do have an adopted pet you’ll undoubtedly relate to the many characters throughout the book. The book, written by a Harvard MBA grad turned high powered Silicon Valley tech executive turned President of the Silicon Valley Humane Society explains how rescuing animals doesn’t just help the animals but helps us humans too. You’ll see how if you read the book. A compelling read — I definitely recommend!