A moving and scientific look at the curative powers--both physical and mental--of rescuing a shelter animal, by the president of Humane Society Silicon Valley.
MUTUAL RESCUE 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.
In a nation plagued by illnesses--16 million adults suffer from depression, 29 million have diabetes, 8 million in any given year have PTSD, and nearly 40% are obese--rescue pets can help: 60% of doctors said they prescribe pet adoption and a staggering 97% believe that pet ownership provides health benefits. For people in chronic emotional, physical, or spiritual pain, adopting an animal can transform, and even save, their lives.
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.
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Most books focus on animal stories - without showing the value animals have explicitly on our lives as human beings. Novello's book is one-part animal/human stories (page turning, heart-warming, uplifting), one-part data (finally! stories and data about why animals help humans and not just vice versa) and one-part inspiration (how our human populations can get involved in saving and enhancing shelter animals' lives both INSIDE a shelter and through adoption and involvement). Novello's writing style is easy to read, and conversational - makes the reader want to have a bigger discussion with her to hear more of the amazing stories and facts recounted in the book. This book will appeal to hard-core animal advocates, general population animal lovers and even those who like animals, but feel a little bit embarrassed by it! :) Really makes the case for supporting your local shelter, and why it truly is not "animals or people", but "animals AND people". Buy this book for all your friends!