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Mutual Rescue™ Stories

The Call for Mutual Rescue™ Stories resulted in some 400 submissions. 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. Thank you to all those who shared stories with us.

Four were selected for filming. These films will be released individually in 2017. To stay informed, please sign up here:

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Mutual Rescue™: Eric & Peety

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

A Call For Mutual Rescue™ Stories

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What is Mutual Rescue™?

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 support 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. Read our FAQs to learn more about Mutual Rescue™.


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

  • Dr. Marty Becker: Popular veterinary contributor to ABC's Good Morning America, resident veterinarian on The Dr. Oz Show, and co-author of Chicken Soup for the Pet-Lover's Soul.
  • Tom Corwin: Award winning music producer, recording artist and book author. His recording credits include Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Wonder, and Kris Kristofferson.
  • Ethan Goldman: Partner and Head of Development at Warrior Poets, a New York based production company founded by Academy Award © nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock.
  • Maggie Lawson: American actress best known for her role as Detective Juliet "Jules" O'Hara in the TV show Psych, current co-star in Angels from Hell, and co-founder of The Tiger Frances Foundation, a nonprofit focused on eliminating animal abuse.
  • Joshua McGuire: A UK actor on stage, TV, and film, he has performed in the movies About Time, Cinderella, and Mr. Turner. On TV, he performed in the hit series The Hour on BBC America and Scrotal Recall on Netflix.
  • Jude McVay: Enlightened entrepreneur and co-founder of The Tiger Frances Foundation, a nonprofit focused on eliminating animal abuse.
  • Doug Menuez: Award-winning documentary photographer featured in the Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, Life, People, USA Today, and Fortune magazine.
  • Karen Mullarkey: Former Director of Photography for Rolling Stone, New York magazine, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated, produced and directed television documentaries, and has been involved in editing and producing more than 75 photography books.
  • Amy Shojai: Nationally known authority on pet care & behavior, author of 30 pet books & thousands of articles & columns, expert on Animal Planet & the spokesperson for the pet products industry. She founded and is president emeritus of the Cat Writers' Association.
  • Phoebe Smolan: 16-year-old animal-rights activist and animal-rescue volunteer. She has appeared on the Martha Stewart Show, conducted a Time for Kids interview, and was the youngest international press corps photographer for Fashion Week in New York City.
  • Rick Smolan: CEO of Against All Odds Productions and New York Times bestselling author, best known as co-creator of the “Day in the Life” book series.
  • Gina Spadafori: Reporter, syndicated columnist and top-selling book author including the first three books in the “For Dummies” pet-care line. In 2007, she was one of a small group of journalists credited with breaking open the pet-food recall story.
  • Morgan Spurlock: Writer, director and producer whose first film, Super Size Me, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 and garnered an Academy Award © nomination for best feature documentary.
  • Tracey Stewart: Author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live and How We Can Help Make Their Lives Better and the editor-in-chief of the website Moomah, which provides parents and kids with fun, easy, and effective ways to contribute to varying kinds of nonprofits.
  • Mark Ulriksen: San Francisco-based artist and illustrator, best known for his magazine covers of The New Yorker with more than 50 covers to his credit. He is the author and illustrator of the picture book, Dogs Rule Nonchalantly.

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