Carol Novello is the author of “Mutual Rescue: How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too”

SAN JOSE, CA, April 09, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ — Mutual Rescue™ founder Carol Novello has authored a book about how animal adoption changes people’s lives: “Mutual Rescue: How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too” (April 9, 2019). The book explores the potent aspects of animal adoption through stories, observation, and scientific research. All earnings from the sale of the book will benefit Mutual Rescue, a national initiative of Humane Society Silicon Valley, a non-profit corporation.

“I love Mutual Rescue’s films, so when I heard about this new book, I raced to read it. The stories about rescued pets rescuing people were like rays of bright sunshine on a stormy afternoon. Truly an awe-inspiring book.” ~ Marci Shimoff, #1 New York Times bestselling author of “Happy for No Reason” and “Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul”

Inspired by her own personal experience and years in the animal-welfare industry, Carol shares real-life stories of how companion animals can help relieve a range of troubles — and the scientific research that proves it. The book is divided up into four sections: heart, body, mind, and connection.

Heart shares stories of people whose rescue animals have helped them face inconceivable trauma and grief, and provided the strength they needed to find their way forward. Supporting studies show that pets help people stay calmer in the face of stress, build people’s confidence about their ability to attain life goals, and serve as a safe haven that can provide comfort in times of need.

Body shares stories of people who’ve learned that adopting a cat or dog not only helps them become healthier, but also helps them cope with and recover from physical illnesses and injuries and shows them how to thrive in spite of their disabilities. The healthy influence of pets is supported by many studies, such as those on heart health that show a correlation between pets and improved cardiovascular health, including lower blood pressure and reduced stress.

Mind shows how rescue animals can actually save people coping with anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), offering them hope, helping them create healthier patterns of thought, and leading them toward lives filled with meaning and compassion. Supporting research shows that interacting with a pet increases the level of serotonin in the brain, a hormone that helps fight depression.

Connection reveals how pets can strengthen relationships with the people we love; how we can bond deeply with many types of animals — not just cats and dogs; and how, when rescue pets make people healthier and happier, something remarkable can happen. Supporting studies in this area show that our ability to relate to others, including significant others, is improved with pets.

In conjunction with the book, Mutual Rescue is also proud to announce the release of a new film: “Patrick & Grace.” A competitive athlete and young dog deal with obstacles they never anticipated. They create a bond that helps them both heal and find themselves stronger than they ever were before.

Mutual Rescue is 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 films have been viewed by people all over the globe more than 153 million times. Carol’s new book is available wherever books are sold. To view the films, visit

About: Carol Novello is the founder of Mutual Rescue™. Her new book is called “Mutual Rescue: How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too” (Grand Central Publishing, April 2019). 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.

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