This fall, Gabriel Cordell rode his wheelchair from Montauk Point to Port Washington, NY to raise funds and awareness for North Shore Animal League America. On October 7, 2015, he made a stop in Centereach, NY for a special adoption event hosted by Middle Country Public Library and their Mutt-i-grees Club.
Students from the M.U.T.T.S. Clubs at Clinton and South Side schools in Van Buren County, AR, volunteered their time this fall at a mobile spay/neuter clinic in their community. This service learning project allowed students to put empathy into action as they assisted local veterinarians to comfort and care for animals before and after their procedures. The students are excited to host another clinic in the spring.
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!