On Saturday, May 16, 2015, Mutt-i-grees students from the Stephen Gaynor School’s Youth Animal Protectors (YAP) Club joined North Shore Animal League America at The School for the Dogs in Manhattan for a fun-filled adoption event. The twenty students learned basic training from Kira Principato, NSALA’s most enthusiastic offsite rescue hero, and then were allowed to walk dogs off of the Mobile Adoption Unit.
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.
On Friday, May 7th, 2015, students and educators from P.S. 209Q and The Stephen Gaynor School in Manhattan participated in North Shore Animal League America's Tour For Life grand finale in Columbus Circle. This year’s Tour For Life covered more than 19,000 miles of American asphalt in 37 cities and 26 states, and helped over 1,750 animals find permanent, loving homes.
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.