The New York Times Brand Studio partnered with Purina ONE to create this profile on how shelter dogs are helping people, particularly students, across the country. The piece explores how our programming is changing lives and features interviews with Matia Finn-Stevenson, who created the Curriculum, and Jayne Vitale, who is the current Mutt-i-grees program director.
Andy Cohen may be known for Bravo’s “The Real Housewives” and for hosting “Watch What Happens Live” but he has another impressive addition to his resume: animal lover.
Purina ONE announced Tuesday they would partner with Cohen, our Curriculum and with North Shore Animal League America to promote the difference shelter-led educational programs can make in the lives of pets and students.
The Mutt-i-grees team made their last assembly visit of the 2015-2016 school year at M.S 88 in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The Mutt-i-grees Curriculum has had such an impact on the students that they wanted to do something meaningful to give back to shelter pets in need. The school librarian, Kyra Wolfe, organized a blanket and towel drive and motivated students in every grade to collect as many items as they could.
A chorus of Mutt-i-grees kudos to Lori Hernesh, Children's Program Coordinator at Herr Memorial Library, in Mifflinburg, Penn.
Lori’s enthusiasm for the Curriculum turned into a day of fun for two first grade classes at the Mifflinburg Elementary School. After briefly explaining Mutt-i-grees, Lori read “May I Pet Your Dog?” by Stephanie Calmenson, and then set about demonstrating the safe and proper way to meet, greet, and treat a dog, using a realistic plush pup as a stand-in.
Throughout the month of May, Mutt-i-grees students in 30 cities and 17 states, from Hawaii to New York, took part in 2016’s Mission Mutt-i-grees®, a versatile service-learning component of the popular Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum. For the second consecutive year, Mission Mutt-i-grees coincided with North Shore Animal League America’s nationwide Tour For Life®, a major pet adoption effort that generated responsible, loving homes for more than 2,300 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens from local shelters and rescue groups across the country.