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Smithtown Library Hosts Second Annual Mutt-i-grees Pet Parade

For the second year in a row, The Smithtown Library in Smithtown, NY hosted a Mutt-i-grees Pet Parade for its patrons to highlight the unique characteristics of animals in their community. Children created dog-themed crafts and got their faces painted as part of the festivities. The event was well-attended and each family was celebrated as their pet’s name was introduced and announced to the audience. All the pets involved proudly marched around the parade route and families were so excited to show off their furry friends. The library has seen high engagement by families and children at their Mutt-i-grees community events, which makes us very happy! To see what other Mutt-i-grees libraries around the country are doing, please visit http://education.muttigrees.org/library/programs-in-action.

Mutt-i-grees Teacher Honored as a Champion for Children


Susan Botts stands alongside Greater Clark County Schools Superintendent Andrew Melin as she accepts her award as Certified Employee of the Year. She was one of 21 people nominated for the award. Photo by Tara Schmelz.

Earlier this year we highlighted Susan Botts as a Mutt-i-grees featured teacher for her dedication to teaching the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum to her students. This spring, we are proud to report that she was recognized by her school district as Greater Clark County Schools’ Certified Staff Member of the Year! We are delighted that Susan, a 22-year teaching veteran, loves the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum. She has been able to incorporate Mutt-i-grees lessons and activities into the district’s PRIDE (Persistence, Respectfulness, Initiative, Dependability, and Effectiveness) Initiative. Susan coordinated many family-friendly events in partnership with J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter in Jeffersonville, IN, in which students participated with their families to help support the shelter. Students focused on PRIDE character traits and were taught how they could take initiative to help make a difference in the lives of the shelter’s animals. Susan is an example of an exemplary teacher. She builds relationships with her students, learns their strengths, and capitalizes on them to support all students to their fullest potential. Congratulations to you, Susan, from all of us on the Mutt-i-grees team!

Mutt-i-grees Students Participate in One Boston Day

As part of One Boston Day, members of the Mutt-i-grees team joined North Shore Animal League America’s mobile unit on-site at Boston Medical Center last month helping to bring comfort to a city still recovering from the effects of the Boston Marathon bombing two years ago. Included in the event was an amazing group of Mutt-i-grees students from Fenway High School, who helped to brighten a somber day for Boston Medical Center staff and patients.

Fridays with Finn: A Yale Library Dog's Story

If you stop by the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale University on a Friday during the academic year, you may run into a kind-hearted, scruffy fellow at the circulation desk. No, he's not a popular professor on campus, he's the library's newest employee, Finn, a Mutt-i-gree rescued from a high-kill shelter by Yale nursing student, Krista A. Knudson. Since January 2014, Finn has maintained his office hours at the medical school library - he even has his own Yale ID!

Mutt-i-grees Youth Development Programs Benefit Students in Need

We have each had experiences in our lives that have transformed us in meaningful ways; perhaps a few kind words from your elementary school teacher or support from a basketball coach helped motivate you to do your best. At North Shore Animal League America, we strive to provide memorable experiences to the children and teens we work with through our Mutt-i-grees Youth Development Programs.