Congratulations to Hannah Irvine, who was recently awarded the 20th Annual Governor’s Service Award and was named the top youth in the state of Kentucky! Hannah is one of nearly thirty high school students in Kentucky's Mutt-i-grees Teen Council, which was formed last year by 2014 Mutt-i-grees National Student Ambassador Layne Meek and consists of students from six different middle schools and high schools who have each pledged to help shelter animals in their community.
This July, the Mutt-i-grees team was on-site in Elizabeth, NJ with some adoptable Mutt-i-grees from North Shore Animal League America for an interactive presentation for children and families at Elizabeth Public Library as part of its summer reading club. More than eighty attendees of all ages participated in our program, which, according to Linda Gauld-Elichko, Head of Children’s Services, was the most successful summer program this year! Families were able to meet two adorable puppies and learned about the importance of animal adoption and what makes Mutt-i-grees unique.
After learning about our Mutt-i-grees in the Library initiative at a professional development training session sponsored by The Karma Foundation earlier this year, Audra Jackson, Teen/Technology Librarian at Glen Rock Public Library, invited the Mutt-i-grees team to visit Glen Rock, NJ and meet with teens in her community to discuss ways in which they can be heroes for animals. Of course, our team was honored to be included in the library’s superhero summer reading theme!
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.