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®.
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This spring, students at Uncommon Charter School in Brooklyn, NY, formed a Mutt-i-grees Club to help shelter animals in their community. Bella, a friendly Mutt-i-gree, was a special guest visitor at the club’s kick-off meeting, where students discussed humane issues, including puppy mills and pet adoption. Joe Frick, the club's advisor (and the school's College Counselor and Collegiate Prep Teacher) is excited by how engaged the students are when it comes to helping animals in need.
With help from a dedicated educator, students in Brooklyn are making a difference in the lives of shelter animals. When she was a teenager, Antonia Mancini decided to volunteer at North Shore Animal League America. It changed her life. Today, as an English teacher and humane educator, she is teaching a whole new generation of teenagers what it means to connect to shelter animals in personal, meaningful ways.
The M.U.T.T.S. Clubs at Shirley and Clinton Junior High Schools have reconvened for the 2013-14 school year, with approximately 50 students attending the first meeting. In a related development, high school students have established their own M.U.T.T.S. Club for the first time and have been asked to create a Mutt-i-grees® float for the Clinton School District Homecoming parade on October 4th!
As part of the M.U.T.T.S. Club in Arkansas, Mutt-i-grees students participated in a week-long summer camp, which included a variety of service learning and community outreach projects. The students loved working in their community and especially enjoyed their time at the local animal shelter.
The Youth Enrichment at Stepping Stones (YES2) M.U.T.T.S. Club is part of the youth enrichment program at Norwalk, Connecticut's Stepping Stones Museum for Children. Comprised of kids from seventh through twelfth grade, the YES2 M.U.T.T.S. Club is still relatively new, but has hit the ground running. The first order of business in the new club was to create a PSA for the Mutt-i-grees "America Adopts" video contest. The M.U.T.T.S.