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].
On February 19, 2013, M.U.T.T.S. Club members from Clinton and South Side schools held a "Flippin' Early Pancake Breakfast" and served breakfast to students, parents, and community members. They raised approximately $200, which they will present to the Van Buren County Animal Shelter. Way to go M.U.T.T.S. Club!
The M.U.T.T.S. Club honored students, educators, and community members for their work in Van Buren County, Arkansas. Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe presented the awards to 14 recipients, including Mutt-i-grees Teacher of the Year, M.U.T.T.S. Club Most Dedicated Member, Parent Volunteer of the Year, Community Volunteer of the Year, and more. A big thank you to the First Lady for being such a Mutt-i-grees advocate!
M.U.T.T.S. Club students in Arkansas continue to surprise us! Their most recent endeavor: purchasing a large screen so preschool students can enjoy a Mutt-i-grees movie day!
Students at South Side High School in Arkansas are holding a school-wide event to raise money for their M.U.T.T.S. Club. Students will purchase NSALA rescue bracelets for $3 - $1 will go to the M.U.T.T.S. Club and with the other $2, they will purchase rewards for our students. Talk about a clever, fun way of spreading awareness for adoption!
The Van Buren County M.U.T.T.S. Clubs recently sponsored the first annual Van Buren County Pack Walk on September 22, 2012. The students raised $980.00 to pay for costs of the event by hosting a Golf Tournament to raise money to purchase prizes, food, and t-shirts. The Pack Walk was a huge success!