Eric & Peety. Photo: Humane Society Silicon Valley
Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) has announced their Call for Mutual Rescue™ Stories, a national initiative celebrating the extraordinary healing power that animals impart to people through adoption and rescue.
From February 14 through April 30, HSSV is asking animal lovers across the country to help change the dialogue regarding animal welfare and philanthropy by submitting their Mutual Rescue™ stories — how they rescued their animal and how he or she rescued them in return. “Every day, we witness the transformative and profound impact — on both lives — of connecting an animal with a person,” says HSSV President Carol Novello.
Visitors to mutualrescue.org are encouraged to submit a story to potentially be selected as subjects of short films produced by an award-winning agency. A celebrity panel of judges, including actor Maggie Lawson and Animal Care Specialist Jude McVay from The Tiger Frances Foundation, will recommend the best stories to be filmed. These films will be shared with the world during a Fall 2016 virtual event.
One such life changing Mutual Rescue™ story is of Eric O’Grey and his dog Peety. “When people see a photo of who I was five years ago, they can’t and often don’t believe it’s me. Everything in my life changed because of Peety,” says Eric.
Watch the inspiring sample film, “Eric & Peety":
Why Mutual Rescue™?
Many believe there are “people causes” and there are “animal causes.” Mutual Rescue™ is an initiative to change the conversation from “people OR animals” to “people AND animals” by creating more national awareness and celebrating all the ways that loving and caring for our animals makes us more aware, compassionate, healthy and happy people – and vice versa.
From therapy dogs and working cats to companion animals sharing their unconditional love, when you connect millions of animals with millions of people, you help build a foundation that enriches entire communities across the country.