Programs in Action
Photos courtesy of Operation Paws for Homes
On Sunday, May 31, 2015, families at Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library in Alexandria, VA were treated to an afternoon of furry fun as the library hosted its second Mutt-i-grees Day of the year. Outreach staff from Operation Paws for Homes, Inc. (OPH), a rescue organization that rescues dogs of all breeds and ages from high-kill shelters and provides pet adoption services to families in Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, Southern Pennsylvania and neighboring states, partnered with the library for another totally pawsome event. More than twenty children and their families stopped by to spend time with three friendly Mutt-i-grees who were recently rescued from South Carolina by OPH. They heard a story about a rescued dog and made a furry craft to take home . Both the library and OPH are looking forward to their next Mutt-i-grees Day in July!
On Saturday, May 30, 2015, West Babylon Public Library hosted its 3rd annual Pet Adoption Fair, with great success! Fourteen pet rescue organizations attended the event and many brought adoptable animals. Library patrons were able to visit with dogs, cats, and birds inside the library and outside in the parking lot. Members of the Mutt-i-grees outreach team were on hand to engage children and their families at our barks and crafts table.
Herr Memorial Library in Mifflinburg, PA kicked off their superhero-themed summer reading program on June 4, 2015, by celebrating the ways in which children can be heroes for animals. Lorie Hernesh, Children’s Program Coordinator and Co-Founder of the Farm Animal Rescue of Mifflinburg, invited children to make personal pledges to be safe, respectful, responsible, helpful, and kind. Children of all ages showed their love and commitment to animals, while also expressing themselves creatively.
This spring, Mutt-i-grees was in full swing at Middle Country Public Library in Centereach, NY! The national pilot site for Mutt-i-grees in the Library offered a variety of fun, family-friendly programs, including the library’s Mutt-i-grees Clubs for children and teens, which provide real-life experiences and community connections through programs based on humane education with a focus on shelter dogs.
This spring, Randall Library in Stow, MA, hosted a special Mutt-i-grees event to raise awareness for Operation Delta Dog, a local organization that works to improve the lives of veterans by teaming them up with abandoned shelter dogs that have been trained as assistance animals, and to kick off their superhero programming.