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Mutual Rescue™ Stories

Mutual Rescue is an initiative that aims to change the way people see animal welfare. By sharing stories about connecting a person with an animal, Mutual Rescue hopes to demonstrate that when you adopt from your local animal shelter, you’re not just enhancing an animal’s life—you’re also transforming a person’s life as well. The stories shared by everyday people through Mutual Rescue are testaments to the incredible impact that an animal and a person have on each other, and that “rescuing” isn’t in just one direction.


Eric & Peety, a Mutual Rescue™ film: 

Our very first Mutual Rescue film has been viewed more than 88 million times across the globe from Denmark, to Chile, to Thailand, and beyond. Eric & Peety™ film has been shared over 500,000 times with over 50,000 comments. Watch it again (or for the first time).

What is Mutual Rescue™?

Mutual Rescue™ is an initiative started by Humane Society Silicon Valley that aims to change the way people see animal welfare. Connecting an animal with a person can have transformative and profound impact on both lives. And yet, many believe there are “people causes” and there are “animal causes.” Of the $358 billion given to charities in the U.S. in 2014, less than 1% was given to animal-related causes. Mutual Rescue™ is an initiative to change the national conversation from “people OR animals” to “people AND animals.” Because when you connect millions of animals with millions of people, you help build a foundation that enriches entire communities across the country.

Mutual Rescue™ also aims to inspire people to give to local animal shelters and rescue groups. Local humane societies are NOT chapters of the The Humane Society of the United States. And yet, according to a national survey, 71 percent of Americans believe The Humane Society of the United States is an “umbrella” organization for animal shelters. To save the lives of homeless animals in your own community, please support the animal shelters, rescue groups, and humane societies in your local area.

Our Call for Mutual Rescue™ Stories in 2016 resulted in some 400 submissions from across the nation. The judges were inspired and moved, in many cases literally to tears, at these amazing accounts of how people rescued animals who later, in turn, rescued them. Four were selected for filming. These films will be released individually in 2017 at

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Learn more about the panel of judges reviewed and selected the 2017 Mutual Rescue™ films. Read full bios.


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