The concept of M.U.T.T.S. began in 2011 at three school districts in Van Buren County, AR. High school students expressed that they would like to form a school-based club which could participate in Mutt-i-grees® service learning activities and organize fundraisers to raise awareness for shelter pets.
Now established in all three junior high schools and high schools in Van Buren County, M.U.T.T.S. Clubs are thriving. Members have sponsored adoptathons for local animal shelters, volunteered at local shelters and rescue centers, helped with mobile spay/neuter clinics, and participated in many service learning activities in their communities.
Inspired by these motivated, understanding, and thoughtful teenage students, other schools, libraries, and museums around the country have created their own M.U.T.T.S. Clubs to collaborate for the benefit of Mutt-i-grees®.
If your school has a M.U.T.T.S. Club, we want to hear from you! Share your story with us at [email protected].
If the recent overwhelming number of applicants for the M.U.T.T.S Club at Bixby Intermediate School in Oklahoma is anything to go by, we will have an inspiring generation of animal advocates to look up to in the next few decades. This past week, Mutt-i-grees ambassador, Ragan Fletcher, received over 75 applicants to join her district’s M.U.T.T.S club for the upcoming school year.
'Tis the season of giving and Mutt-i-grees students are making us proud! In Ashland, KY, members of the Mutt-i-grees Teen Council created a giving tree at their local PetSmart, complete with photo ornaments of adoptable dogs from Ashland Animal Rescue Fund, to promote shelter adoptions in their community. They also collected more than $750 in donations for the shelter! We are happy to report that some of the dogs and cats featured on the tree have since found loving homes.
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.
This summer, students from the M.U.T.T.S. Club in Van Buren County, AR participated in a week-long Mutt-i-grees Summer Camp, where they completed a variety of service learning projects that benefit the people and animals in their community, including volunteering at local animal shelters and visiting with senior citizens at Ozark Health Nursing Home in Clinton, AR. The concept of M.U.T.T.S.