This spring, students at Uncommon Charter School in Brooklyn, NY, formed a Mutt-i-grees Club to help shelter animals in their community. Bella, a friendly Mutt-i-gree, was a special guest visitor at the club’s kick-off meeting, where students discussed humane issues, including puppy mills and pet adoption. Joe Frick, the club's advisor (and the school's College Counselor and Collegiate Prep Teacher) is excited by how engaged the students are when it comes to helping animals in need.
Melissa Fournier, director of the Randall Library in Stow, MA, is very passionate about animal rescue. She is a proud pet parent to two rescued pit bulls and she truly believes that dogs can make a difference in the lives of her patrons, young and old. So when she learned about Mutt-i-grees in the Library in the spring of 2013, she knew her library had to get involved.
Earlier this month, Lorie Hernesh and Victoria Irwin, librarians from Herr Memorial Library in Mifflinburg, PA, collaborated with Mostly Mutts, a local rescue group, to take paw-some photos of adoptable dogs dressed in superhero gear, with the hopes of finding them loving homes.
Photo credit: Macksville City Library
This June, Macksville City Library in Macksville, KS hosted a Pet Tales in the Park event, where children had a tail-wagging good time learning about Mutt-i-grees! Librarians set up four stations at a local park, where, thanks to help from dedicated volunteers, families were able to learn about dog etiquette (how to approach dogs and safely interact with them), dog grooming, obedience training, and much more. The Pawnee County Humane Society (PCHS) participated in the event by bringing adoptable dogs and cats to capture many of the kids’ hearts. They urged participants to spay and neuter their pets and to get them micro-chipped. Families learned how they can help Mutt-i-grees in their community by donating pet toys, blankets, and food. Children measured and stirred and rolled to make no-bake peanut butter pumpkin balls that were then either taken home for their pets or donated by the caring kids to PCHS. Families were also introduced to some new Mutt-i-gree books from the library, purchased thanks to a collection development grant from the Kansas State Library. Mutt-i-gree puppet had a great time making new friends at this fun event!
"How are you feeling today?"
“What might help to cheer someone up when they are feeling anxious or sad?”
Students in Robin Rodriguez’s kindergarten classroom in Pacoima, CA, begin each week discussing their answers to questions like these as a way to learn about each other and begin to understand empathy and compassion as part of the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum. Robin, who is a member of the Mutt-i-grees leadership team at Fenton Primary Center, one of the original pilot sites for the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum, teaches a Mutt-i-grees lesson every Monday.