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Celebrate the Dog Days of Winter
Join us for a Sunday with the Sanctuary at Edmond Town Hall, Alexandria Room, Newtown, CT.
We will be hosting free family friendly workshops along with having Northshore Animal League America’s Mobile Unit on site from Noon – 3pm with animals available for adoption.
Please register by emailing INFO@CVHFoundation.org and indicate workshop(s) with number attending.
Vet 101 Noon – 1 pm Join students from Cornell University’s Veterinary Shelter Medicine and discover the science behind your pet’s annual pet exam & fundamentals of caring for your canine companion.
Training 101 1 -2 pm You bring home your new forever-family friend and now what? Trainers from CTBS (Canine Training and Behavior Services, LLC) share basic training techniques for your rescue friend. Come and meet Zebedee a certified therapy dog as Trainer Patti Fernandez presents training techniques.
Mutt-i-grees® 2-3 pm The Mutt-i-grees® Program is designed to enhance students’ social and emotional competence by teaching and reinforcing critical skills that are the foundation of academic and life-long success, including empathy, cooperation, and ethical decision-making. Join us for a Mutt-i-grees® Family Programming.
We will begin with an introduction on Rescue, Nurture, Adopt and Educate, along with the origin of the word Mutt-i-grees. Pup(s) will accompany us, so the students will have the opportunity to interact, and emotionally connect with them. When we open with the discussion about dogs, inevitably it comes around to the kids speaking about themselves. The dogs provide a calm, safe atmosphere that levels the playing field, and allows them to feel comfortable sharing. The focus comes off themselves, and gives them an opportunity to listen to one another, but also be heard.
Sample Activities that highlight their individuality, then incorporated into working as a group.
- Photos and short video clips, which engage the students, and get them comfortable for a round circle discussion on various topics, including: stereotypes, acceptance, diversity, and self-awareness.
- Collaborate to create a poster, or paw print highlighting shelter pets, and writing a statement of support. We will send a photo of the poster displayed at our campus
- Reading to Mutt-i-grees
All activities integrate Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
Finding Feelings – the ability to identify and label emotions
Encouraging Empathy – thinking about how others may feel
Cultivating Cooperation – collaborating with others
Dealing with Decisions – the ability to make ethical choices that affect others
Working together to create and collaborate on ideas, they unmask their potential. By helping an animal to find a forever home, they give voice to the voiceless. They see that they have the power to make a difference. They learn how their individuality may become part of a greater entity by working together.
To learn more about Mutt-i-grees® visit: http://education.muttigrees.org/