In Partnership with the Humane Society Silicon Valley

Authors Carol Novello and Ginny Graves share stories highlighting the impact adopting and rescuing pets can have on humans in their book Mutual Rescue, How Adopting A Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too. Novello is the president of Humane Society Silicon Valley and has launched the digital short film series,  Mutual Rescue™. Unbreakable bonds and companionship you will treasure forever can be created between you and your beloved pet. We talked with the authors and the Humane Society Silicon Valley to see what they had to say about this touching book.

What is Mutual Rescue, How Adopting A Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too and why is it a good book choice for pet owners?

Mutual Rescue, How Adopting A Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too 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.

If you’ve ever looked at your pet and wondered ‘who rescues who?’ then this is a must read for you.

What are the benefits of this book for pets and pet owners?

Not only is it a compelling read, but it will also give you a new appreciation for the role of rescue pets (and sheltering organizations) in helping people and building communities. Plus, if you’ve seen the Mutual Rescue short films it will give you more insight into the people and pets in the stories millions of people around the world have enjoyed.

What makes Mutual Rescue unique and how does it compare to other books?

While other books have delved into the human/animal bond, Mutual Rescue, How Adopting A Homeless Pet Can Save You, Too is the first book to look at the different relationships that develop when a person adopts a homeless pet. 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.

How does this book reflect the values and goals of your organization?

Mutual Rescue is dedicated to promoting the idea of people and animals, not people or animals. We believe that when you save homeless pets, you don’t just save one life, you save two: the pet’s life and the person whose life it will go on to enrich. This book is full of science and anecdotes that show that rescuing pets is as good for us as it is for them. Additionally, all earnings from the sale of the book benefit Mutual Rescue, a national initiative of Humane Society Silicon Valley.

How much does the book cost, and how can pet owners find out more about it?

The book is available wherever books are sold – Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target and your local independent bookstore

List price for the hardcover is $27.83 but price varies by retailer. You can find out more about the book by visiting our website.