If you’re looking for a great read, order Mutual Rescue: How Adopting A Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too by Carol Novello. The first book about the transformational impact that adopting homeless animals has on us, it’s packed with stories about pets and people healing each other and the science behind the bond. It will touch you, inform you and confirm what every pet owner knows: they rescue us as much as we rescue them.
We’ve all heard that pets can bolster our physical and mental health and studies confirm it. But the vitally important, untold story, is that a cat or dog’s impact often goes far deeper. For people in chronic emotional, physical or spiritual pain, adopting an animal can transform–even save–their lives. Every overweight human who gets fit after adopting a puppy, every disheartened person who feels less alone when they rescue a cat, every alienated, wary soul who develops more compassion from giving a needy animal a home, can become a better spouse, parent, neighbor or friend.
Mutual Rescue contains four sections: Heart, Body, Mind and Connection. Every chapter takes a deep dive into one potent aspect of animal adoption, told through the lens of people’s personal experiences with their rescued pets, whose moving histories are shared as well. ‘Heart’ explores how rescue animals foster qualities like openness, courage and gratitude, and help us recover from grief. ‘Body’ shares stories of people coping with obesity, life-threatening illness and debilitating stress, grounding each in relevant science. ‘Mind’ delves into the psychological benefits of pets in our lives, from developing resolve to overcoming anxiety and depression. ‘Connection’ looks at how animals can help us find a sense of purpose, develop compassion and feel more connected with the Divine through phenomena like serendipity, awe and wonder.
Not only will Mutual Rescue forever change how you view your relationship with your pet, pre-ordering before the release date will also help other animals. Order through Book.MutualRescue.org before April 8 and 10% of the purchase price will be donated to shelters in the book. Additionally, buyers can view four unreleased Mutual Rescue films and receive a free digital guide, ’99 Ways To Bond With Your Pet.’