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How It Works

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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.

Back to School… In April?

When thinking about going back to school, I think of autumn’s cool air and leaves turning brilliant colors of orange and red. Not the heat of May and June. However, as a pandemic hit the world in March 2020, last fall is a blurred memory. My only clear recollection is how we scrambled to - Read more

By: Jayne Vitale | Categories: Blog, Mutt-i-grees in Action

Student Ambassador Update

Everyone can affect change no matter what their age. The Mutt-i-grees National Ambassador program encourages students to give a voice to homeless animals. During the pandemic more animals are suffering than ever. In collaboration with their peers, students can help put an end to animal abuse by creating change through their own actions and - Read more

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

Teen ‘Walks the Walk’ for Homeless Animals

When 14-year-old Danielle was left with extra time on her hands last year while schools and activities were shut down, she decided to get creative. “I have loved animals – especially dogs – my whole life,” said Danielle. “It’s why I want to be a vet someday. There were so many dogs in my - Read more

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

Celebrate Earth Day April 22 in Your Classroom with Mutt-i-grees

Looking for impactful lessons for Earth Day? Look no further. Each of the five themes of the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum directly relates to making the earth a better place. Our humane education and social emotional learning Curriculum teaches respect for self, others, animals, and the environment. There are many activities and initiatives you can choose in - Read more

By: The Mutt-i-grees Team | Categories: Blog, Holiday and Seasonal Themes, Idea Exchange

Meet the 2020/21 Student Ambassadors

Every year this program engages and recognizes students who want to advocate for shelter animals. We are thrilled to announce 41 National Mutt-i-grees Student Ambassadors will lead the way across the nation in raising awareness. Spanning the country from New York to California from nine to twenty-three years of age, these students will take action to engage - Read more

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

Miguel Cardona: Biden’s Pick for Secretary of Education

Congratulations to Dr. Miguel Cardona on being President Biden’s pick for Secretary of Education. Here’s what Dr. Cardona said about our program for an article that was published in The Bark: Read the full article here. Congratulations to Miguel Cardona!

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