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.
A Mutt-i-grees® student in New York City, named Kaia, is putting the curriculum to good use; inspiring selfless acts from those around her and, in doing so, raising money for animals in need.
Cats Are Mutt-i-grees 2 is a companion to the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum. Just as the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum provides opportunities for educators to promote compassion for and awareness of the availability and desirability of shelter dogs, Cats Are Mutt-i-grees 2 enables students to become aware of cat characteristics and behavior as well as the needs of cats, especially those awaiting adoption at animal shelters. Each Cats are Mutt-i-grees 2 binder includes:
Jack with his dog, Toby
An 11-year-old Mutt-i-grees® student in New York City, named Jack Hillyer, is putting the curriculum to good use; fusing what he’s learned about rescue animals in school with his talent for animation to illustrate the beauty of adopting a pet from a shelter.
In October 2014, Herr Memorial Library in Mifflinburg, PA ran its first ever Ruff’s Readers “Read to Your Pet” photo contest. In conjunction with its Ruff’s Readers monthly reading challenge, families were able to enter photos of children of all ages reading a book to their pet(s) (real or plush). Library staff, patrons, and professional photographer, Mayor David Cooney, voted to choose the winners. Lorie Hernesh, Children’s Program Coordinator, was kind enough to share some of the fantastic entries with us: