For Teens By Teens
April is National Heartworm Awareness Month and Annie Blumenfeld, a sophomore at Fairfield Warde High School in Fairfield, CT has been working hard to spread awareness of heartworm disease. On March 10, 2014, CT State Rep. Tony Hwang appeared in support of Annie as she testified in support of her proposed bill to raise awareness about heartworm disease in dogs.
Growing up in a house full of rescue animals and dealing with shelter animals from a young age, I always felt that humane education should be included in a child’s development. I first heard about the Mutt-i-grees® Movement on various online pages, but to be honest, I only had a vague idea as to what it was. After starting my organization, NYC Teens for Animals, in February of 2012, I was lucky enough to cross paths with one very special and inspiring Mutt-i-gree, John the dog.
Submitted by Annie Blumenfeld
Fairfield Warde High School
My family rescued a two-year-old dog from Houston, Texas. My dog Teddy was rescued from a high kill shelter by Houston Shaggy Dog Rescue. The owner of the rescue, Ms. Wetmore, later found out Teddy had heartworm disease. When Teddy arrived home and Ms. Wetmore informed my family about Teddy’s heartworm it was something I was not familiar with and wanted to learn more about. Heartworm disease is a long painful process for dogs to recover from.
In the summer of 2012, Carlos joined a group of students from P256Q MercyFirst, a Mutt-i-grees school in Syosset, NY, as part of the first ever Mutt-i-grees Summer Youth Program at North Shore Animal League America. Almost a year later, Carlos continues to intern at the Animal League every Friday and hopes to one day work with dogs as part of an FBI or CIA career. Hear Carlos explain how the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum has impacted his life in his own words:
Submitted by Dylan and Donovan
South Side High School
Bee Branch, AR
On May 20, 2013, we gave a presentation to the County Judge and Quorum Court on how to turn our local animal shelter into a no kill shelter. Our Oral Communications class collaboratively researched this persuasive speech after several classes as part of the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum. The experience was very cool and we liked speaking in front of a judge. We only wish we could have made more of an immediate impact for the animals in the shelter! You can find our presentation below.