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.
In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Misty Ginicola, Mutt-i-grees Training and Evaluation Associate at Yale University’s School of the 21st Century, and her certified therapy dog, Lainey, visited with FOXCT News to discuss the impact of dogs on people with autism. Although created for all children, the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum has been used extensively with children with developmental disabilities, including those with autism, who learn how to develop social and emotional skills, such as reading people’s faces and emotions.
Mission: Mutt-i-grees 2015 is picking up steam at Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School in California! In addition to selling Jeter Brag Tags and Mutt-i-gree wristbands, students also sold raffle tickets for a chance to win a lunch date with their school mascot (and Mutt-i-gree in Residence), Jeter.
Simba and Turtle - two members of the Mutt-i-grees Canine Corps - joined our staff for a visit to Roosevelt High School in Roosevelt, NY this month to work with a class from Abilities, Inc.
Unqua Elementary School in Massapequa, NY began implementing the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum this fall and the students are loving it! To enhance what they are learning in the classroom, students visited North Shore Animal League America this week for a behind-the-scenes tour of the world’s largest no-kill rescue organization. Both the students and the puppies and kittens they visited with truly enjoyed the experience.