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.
Last weekend, while many shoppers were hurrying to gather last-minute additions to their Easter baskets, Mutt-i-grees National Student Ambassador Layne Meek’s Teen Council collaborated with Ashland Animal Rescue Fund(AARF) to host a shelter supply drive at a local Walmart. The teens helped shelter staff engage with families at the event and collected many bags of dog and cat food, litter, bleach, and other supplies to benefit the shelter. Participating students received credit for service hours by helping animals in their community, which made the event a win-win for all involved!
Photo courtesy of Operation Paws for Homes Facebook page
On Thursday, April 2, 2015, the Charles E. Beatley Library in Alexandria, VA hosted its second annual Mutt-i-grees Day as a way to encourage community collaboration and increase shelter pet adoptions. For the second year in a row, 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 located in Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, Southern Pennsylvania and neighboring states, partnered with the library for a totally paw-some event. Children and families were able to spend time with some friendly Mutt-i-grees while they made paper bag dog puppets and listened to Lucy Rescued by Harriet Ziefet, a book about a rescued dog who is having trouble adjusting to her new home. Everyone had a wonderful time and both the library and OPH are looking forward to upcoming Mutt-i-grees events this summer!
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.
On Sunday, March 22, 2015, Tour for Life, North Shore Animal League America’s life-saving nationwide adoption tour, rolled into Ashland, KY with the hopes of finding homes for homeless animals in the community.