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!
The Mission: Mutt-i-grees challenge went out in March to all Mutt-i-grees schools, libraries, and afterschool programs: Sponsor one or more fun fund-raising events in your community between March 12 and May 9. Donate the funds to a local shelter of your choice to help save the lives of Mutt-i-grees in your own neighborhood. Then, report your totals to us by May 22. The three schools with the highest totals will receive grants of $500 for third place, $1,000 for second place, and $1,500 for first place.
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!