Pet owners all over the world know the benefits of spending time with dogs. They give us unconditional love. They calm us when we’re angry. They even brighten our moods when it seems nothing else can.
But did you know that studying shelter dogs in school can improve children’s behavior, confidence and academic performance? The Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum, is finding just that and more.
Mutt-i-grees Student Ambassador Layne Meek has gotten off to a great start to the 2014-15 academic year. On Saturday, September 13, 2014, Layne participated in an adoption event at a PetSmart in his community, in which more than 30 cats and dogs were placed into loving homes. He’s also been approved by the Ashland Animal Rescue Fund (AARF), a private no-kill shelter in Ashland, KY, to start a Mutt-i-grees Teen Council to help homeless animals in his community.
At Northaven Elementary School in Jeffersonville, Indiana, Susan Botts, Inclusion Coordinator, and Edna Logsdon, Library Clerk, have teamed-up at in a collaborative effort to implement the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum during students’ library time each week. Northaven Elementary uses the Curriculum to fulfill the need for a school-wide social skills curriculum for students in grades K-5.
Families in Centereach, NY know where to go to find fun, hands-on activities that help shelter animals: their local library! Since March 2013, Middle Country Public Library (MCPL) has been offering a variety of Mutt-i-grees programs to patrons as part of its seasonal programming.