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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.

Meet the 2023/24 Student Ambassadors

Every year this program engages and recognizes students who want to advocate for shelter animals. They will demonstrate the significance of the human animal bond to cultivate empathy and resiliency. We are inspired by these students who will take action to educate their community on the importance of rescue and what it - Read more

By: The Mutt-i-grees Team | Categories: Blog, Student Ambassadors

Cats Are Mutt-i-grees, Too

In celebration of our feline friends, this school year our Mutt-i-grees Team has dedicated their efforts to place felines front and center. We are raising awareness of all the wonderful attributes cats have to offer that enrich our lives and the importance of rescue and adoption of cats and kittens. And are shining a - Read more

By: The Mutt-i-grees Team | Categories: Blog, Cats Are Mutt-i-grees, Too

Meet our Ambassadors from Bosnia

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

By: The Mutt-i-grees Team | Categories: Blog

How to Be a Good Listener

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

By: The Mutt-i-grees Team | Categories: Blog, Sample Lessons

In Memory of Jeter, the First Mutt-i-grees School Dog

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

By: The Mutt-i-grees Team | Categories: Blog
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