Mutt-i-grees® poets from the Curtis Inge Middle School, in Noble, Okla., stepped to the microphone last October to share their innermost thoughts and hopes about the pets in their lives. The results? Tears, cheers, and pie.
In partnership with the NYC Department of Education, the Mutt-i-grees program kickoff was a huge success! Research has proven that the human-animal bond enhances students’ social and emotional competence by reinforcing skills such as empathy, cooperation, and ethical decision-making. The launch of this cutting edge initiative linking children and shelter pets will not only save more pet’s lives but improve children’s social and academic development.
The New York Times Brand Studio partnered with Purina ONE to create this profile on how shelter dogs are helping people, particularly students, across the country. The piece explores how our programming is changing lives and features interviews with Matia Finn-Stevenson, who created the Curriculum, and Jayne Vitale, who is the current Mutt-i-grees program director.
Andy Cohen may be known for Bravo’s “The Real Housewives” and for hosting “Watch What Happens Live” but he has another impressive addition to his resume: animal lover.
Purina ONE announced Tuesday they would partner with Cohen, our Curriculum and with North Shore Animal League America to promote the difference shelter-led educational programs can make in the lives of pets and students.
The Mutt-i-grees team made their last assembly visit of the 2015-2016 school year at M.S 88 in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The Mutt-i-grees Curriculum has had such an impact on the students that they wanted to do something meaningful to give back to shelter pets in need. The school librarian, Kyra Wolfe, organized a blanket and towel drive and motivated students in every grade to collect as many items as they could.