Pets make us happy, and pets in the classroom mean a happier learning community. Research shows that human-animal interactions create better-focused, more social students. In fact, the presence of a pet — even in the form of a video, book, photo, or toy — leads to laughter, conversation, and excitement. Pets bring us together, and Mutt-i-grees — or shelter pets — contribute something unique to the equation. As living, loving examples of resilience and hope, they are models of transformation. Across the country, students, educators, and parents alike are falling in love with Mutt-i-grees!