The Mutt-i-grees Global Student Ambassadors in Bosnia send me updates throughout the year about their inspirational work to save as many homeless dogs as possible. In Srebrenica the challenges are many for both humans and non-humans. Since the 1995 genocide, reports indicate that the economy has never recovered from the individual to family to - Read more
The transformative power of the dog cultivates a calm, confident and empathetic school community. Through the lens of the rescue pet, while bridging social emotional learning with humane education, students learn compassion and what it is to have resiliency – they learn coping skills. The journey of the rescue pet is not lost on them. Both have a vulnerability to suffering and kindness. Dogs - whether they come to school every day or every once in a while, or are represented in stories , photos, or videos - are unique to the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum. They nurture students’ imagination. Contribute to happiness and kindness. Provide opportunity for service learning, and the cultivation of empathy, and compassion. These are some of the outcomes. 5000+ educators are using this program and seeing first hand its impact.
Shelby was the first Mutt-i-grees School Dog in New York City and was the absolute original in so many ways. There is so much to say about the joy she brought and the lessons she taught all of us. To tell it best- let’s go back to the beginning. In 2014 the Mutt-i-grees Team - Read more
Brody is one of those dogs that appears unexpectedly. Like when you’re specifically looking for a lap dog and this ninety-nine-pound German Shepherd, Great Dane, Labrador mix catches your eye with a smile and swing of his tail. With a devil-may-care attitude and a greeting that could knock one down was the first encounter - Read more
APPLICATIONS are open for 2023/24. The Mutt-i-grees Global Student Ambassador Program. A service learning, leadership opportunity.
These Maryland 5th graders, who attend Stone Mill Elementary, collected coins that added up to over $600 to donate to their fellow ambassadors in Bosnia who are trying to save homeless animals themselves! Alex, Zahra, and Layla, age 10, also made bookmarks promoting rescue and put them in their school media center where the - Read more
The following is Lesson 4.1: Listening to Each Other for Grades 4-5: To be effective listeners, children need to learn how to take another’s perspective and convey empathy. In addition to enhancing the ability to communicate and maintain relationships, the development of listening and observational skills will strengthen children’s awareness of, and sensitivity to, - Read more
In January 2010, our launch of the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum welcomed 40 educators from Fenton Charter schools in Los Angeles California that participated in the 1st Mutt-i-grees training in New York. During the visit to North Shore Animal League America’s Rescue and Adoption Center, guidance counselor Toni Frear fell in love with one of our - Read more
What’s better than settling in with a good book? How about reading one with your classmates and kids in classrooms across the nation? Better yet, with a rescue pup! This is exactly what we did on World Read Aloud Day! Though we were in the Bronx with our friends at The Walton and Lucero - Read more
The Academia Cristo Rey Middle School in Ponce, Puerto Rico has set a bar that is a tough act to follow. From rescue to nurture to adopt and educate they have our mission covered. Cristo Rey not only has a Mutt-i-grees School Dog (Anakin) but is part of our Mutt-i-grees School Cat Foster Program which continues to rescue and transport the kittens to the safety of our campus. The leadership for the programs is executed by our Global Student Ambassadors who named themselves the Cristo Rey Pawsitive Minds. These students are an inspiration to their fellow students, their teachers and us at North Shore Animal League America.
We are so excited to announce one of our new programs: Mutt-i-grees Family Social. We launched this event with our dear friends at the West Babylon Library in West Babylon, NY. We are happy to announce the event sold out as soon as it was posted! Based on the five themes of the curriculum: Achieving Awareness, Finding Feelings, Encouraging Empathy, Cultivating Cooperation and Dealing With Decisions our fabulous Creative Team produced interactive activities to engage families.