North Shore Animal League America’s Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum Summer Youth Program helps at-risk youth leave trauma behind through their connection with shelter animals.
For the third year in a row, a group of students from St. Martin de Porres Academy in New Haven, CT spent a fun and fur-filled week at North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington, NY, learning all about animals—and also about important qualities like respect, caring and responsibility.
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.
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.