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Mutts Go To School

Hey PupJoy Pack! We want to introduce you to an amazing new initiative from Helping Paws partner North Shore Animal League America. With their Mutt-i-grees program they are elevating the status of the beloved mutt and using an innovative approach to help teach children valuable lessons. Our mutts think it is pretty amazing!

The Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum: Focusing on shelter pets gives children another perspective on empathy, compassion and resiliency.

You’ve heard of a mutt and you’ve heard of a pedigree, but have you heard of a Mutt-i-gree®? It’s any pet that’s been rescued or waiting to be rescued. We all agree that every rescued pet deserves a loving forever home. Yet, sometimes shelter animals don’t get the recognition they deserve. That’s why North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest rescue and adoption organization, came up with the name Mutt-i-gree®, to raise awareness of the plight of shelter animals and to increase shelter adoptions by elevating their status.

And then, there’s the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum; engaging and exciting children to learn by tapping into their innate love of dogs and cats. The Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum teaches children about the unique qualities of shelter animals and the value of pet adoption while helping them care about themselves, the people around them, animals, and the environment. The program enhances your child’s social and emotional competence by teaching and reinforcing critical skills that are the foundation of academic and lifelong success, including empathy, cooperation, and ethical decision-making. Many schools successfully use the curriculum in conjunction with bullying prevention, in after-school programs and to enhance school climate.

Developed in collaboration with Yale University’s School of the 21st Century and North Shore Animal League America, the Curriculum provides teachers from Pre-K through 12th grade with a complimentary twenty five lesson plan program. Currently the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum is being used by teachers and counselors in over 3,500 thousand schools in over 40 states. To learn more about this exciting curriculum and how it can be implemented in your child’s school, please click here: www.education.muttigrees.org