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“Rescue animals can give people the strength to face inconceivable pain,” says today's special guest Carol Novello, author of Mutual Rescue: How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You Too.. “The structure and solace cats and dogs bring to addicts’ lives help ease the grip of their disease and offers them hope that a fresh start is possible.”
Carol Novello is the founder of Mutual Rescue™, a national initiative that highlights the connection between people and pets in order to inspire and support life-saving efforts in communities across the nation and world. Mutual Rescue’s first short film, “Eric & Peety,” went viral around the globe and has been viewed more than 100 million times. A former senior software executive at Intuit, Carol earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and is proud to include several rescue animals in her family. For more information, visit www.MutualRescue.org.
Mutual Rescue™ illustrates how rescuing animals impacts the lives of humans, often in quite profound ways. The lives of both people and pets are enriched when homeless animals are adopted and local shelter groups are supported through donations and volunteering in their communities. It's latest film, “Sarah & Domino,” illustrates this profound truth. It’s the story of a young woman who recovered from drug addiction with the help and love of her rescue dog.
Sarah’s experience is supported by research. A study conducted by Washington State University showed that boys in a substance abuse program who played and ran around with dogs for an hour every week had significantly less hostility and sadness than a similar group who had played video games or basketball.