Shelter Connections Archive
Students at D.C. Moore Elementary School in East Haven, CT held a school assembly to host a Dollar for Dogs fundraiser to cover medical care for two dogs hit by cars and needing emergency surgery. Spearheading the event were the preschool students attending the Family Resource Center (FRC) at D.C, Moore. Learning to be kind and compassionate is not new to these youngsters, since the D.C. Moore FRC is one of over 30 FRCs in Connecticut implementing the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum.
Fifth grade students at St. Martin de Porres Academy in New Haven participated in pilot-testing Phase II of the Mutt-I-grees Curriculum, for Grades 4-6. The school is unique in its provision of tuition-free extended day education for inner-city students. St. Martin de Porres was known for his compassion and love for people and animals.
On Thursday, August 4th and Friday August 5th, staff and volunteers from North Shore Animal League America participated in "Kids Fun Day" events in Hollis and Astoria Queens, New York. Thousands of kids enjoyed holding the dogs and cats on the Animal League's Mobile Adoption Unit, learning all about them and making their very own Mutt-i-grees at the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum arts & crafts table that was set up.
A second group of fifth grade students completed a week-long internship at the North Shore Animal League, as part of an introduction to the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum. The students – from St Martin De Porres Academy (SMPA) in New Haven, CT – worked along-side veterinarians examining animals, met several Mutt-i-grees® (including Franklin, who was being fitted for wheels), groomed pets, talked with potential adopters, and designed advertising campaigns promoting homeless pets available for adoption.
We are excited to report that one of our pilot sites, Pacoima Charter School (Pacoima, CA), has created a Mutt-i-grees® Kennel on school grounds. Teachers recognized that there was a real need in the school’s neighborhood, as stray dogs are prevalent and often wander onto school property. Staff introduced the idea of the kennel to the students and the entire community got on board. Rescued dogs are housed at the kennel until they are adopted or brought to a local no-kill shelter. Some dogs have even been adopted by teachers!