Tzedakah is the Hebrew word for charity: giving aid, assistance and money to the poor and needy or to other worthy causes. In fact, in Judaism, giving to the needy is not viewed as a generous act; it is simply an act of justice and righteousness.
This spring, students at Uncommon Charter School in Brooklyn, NY, formed a Mutt-i-grees Club to help shelter animals in their community. Bella, a friendly Mutt-i-gree, was a special guest visitor at the club’s kick-off meeting, where students discussed humane issues, including puppy mills and pet adoption.
Melissa Fournier, director of the Randall Library in Stow, MA, is very passionate about animal rescue. She is a proud pet parent to two rescued pit bulls and she truly believes that dogs can make a difference in the lives of her patrons, young and old. So when she learned about Mutt-i-grees in the Library in the spring of 2013, she knew her library had to get involved.
This summer, students from the M.U.T.T.S. Club in Van Buren County, AR participated in a week-long Mutt-i-grees Summer Camp, where they completed a variety of service learning projects that benefit the people and animals in their community, including volunteering at local animal shelters and visiting with senior citizens at Ozark Health Nursing Home in Clinton, AR. The concept of M.U.T.T.S.
Earlier this month, Lorie Hernesh and Victoria Irwin, librarians from Herr Memorial Library in Mifflinburg, PA, collaborated with Mostly Mutts, a local rescue group, to take paw-some photos of adoptable dogs dressed in superhero gear, with the hopes of finding them loving homes.