Mutual Rescue

Mutual Rescue

How Adopting A Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too

Book - 2020
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"Mutual Rescue is a collection of ... real accounts from people whose lives have been forever altered by giving a home to an animal in need. Each chapter explores one aspect of pet adoption and the many ways it expands and enriches people's lives. Through anecdote, observation, and scientific research, Novello lays bare the beautifully complex roles that pets play when they become part of our families"--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2020
Edition: First trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9781538713549
Branch Call Number: 636.0887 Novello
Characteristics: viii, 264 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Graves, Ginny - Author


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PimaLib_NormS Sep 19, 2019

Those of us who have adopted pets from rescue organizations know how rewarding it is. To save the life of a furry creature with whom we share the planet is a good feeling, but there is more to it. We’d like to think there is love and appreciation coming back to us from our rescued animals. Perhaps there is an anthropomorphic aspect to this, but it sure feels wonderful when they seem to love us back. “Mutual Rescue: How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too”, by Carol Novello with Ginny Graves delves into the complicated relationship between humans and pets. It is packed with stories of people who, at particularly difficult times in their lives, adopted homeless animals. Strong human-animal bonds were formed, and in many cases, the rescuer became the rescue-e. However, “Mutual Rescue” is not simply a collection of heart-warming anecdotes. Scientific research into the human-pet dynamic has been ongoing for years, and some of it is referenced in this book. There is enough science in it to give a bit of cover to those of us who believe that we have real relationships with our rescued animals; that we are not merely caretakers. Lots of heart-wrenching, tear-jerking stuff here, so try to ignore that growing lump in your throat as you turn the pages. And keep a box of tissues nearby, just in case. (Huh? Oh no, not me. Big boys don’t cry.) (sniff).


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