World-Renowned Dog Behavior Specialist And Animal Activist Cesar Millan Invites Schools Nationwide To Educate Americans About Shelter Animals For A Chance To Win $10,000
Second Annual Mutt-i-grees® “America Adopts” PSA Contest Includes a Visit to the Winning School by Cesar Millan & a Trip for Four to NYC
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PORT WASHINGTON, NY, June 12, 2012 – Renowned dog behavior specialist and animal activist Cesar Millan, from National Geographic WILD’s The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, urges schools to raise awareness about shelter pets, also known as Mutt-i-grees®, with the second annual Mutt-i-grees “America Adopts” PSA Contest. Mutt-i-grees is a word that was created to convey the desirability of any dog, cat, puppy or kitten at a shelter or rescue group.
The PSA Contest, a nationwide initiative to raise awareness of the availability and desirability of Mutt-i-grees, reflects the essence of the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum, a unique approach to teaching children social, emotional and instinctual skills as well as highlighting the individual characteristics and needs of Mutt-i-grees. Last year’s winning video from Trevorton Elementary School in Trevorton, PA included an original song called “Each Dog Has A Story” and urged viewers to consider a shelter animal’s feelings and to find their perfect pet at a shelter. The regional winning schools were from California, Texas and Kentucky.
Cesar Millan and The Cesar Millan Foundation are longstanding supporters of the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum, and have seen first-hand the impact that this contest and the Curriculum have had in our schools by enhancing the ability of children to consider another’s perspective.
“Last year we experienced such excitement and creativity among all the schools that submitted entries from around the country,” said Millan. “The Mutt-i-grees Curriculum has already made such an impact in our schools, and this PSA Contest allows our children to create the perfect message to educate and raise awareness of the plight of Mutt-i-grees while highlighting the same lessons we teach in the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum.” He added, “I am anxious to see what insight and creativity these young minds bring to their PSA entries this year.”
The contest is open to schools that teach children in any, or all, of the following Grades: Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grades 1-8. Schools that entered last year’s contest are eligible to compete in this year’s contest as well. To participate, eligible schools submit a creative Mutt-i-grees video Public Service Announcement (PSA) that motivates Americans to adopt a pet from a shelter. A $10,000 grant will be awarded to the Grand Prize winning school that produces the best Public Service Announcement. A $1,500 grant will be awarded to three regional winners. The PSA is a compelling message that can be broadcast, with the goal to increase awareness of Mutt-i-grees. The PSAs will be judged by a panel of experts from both the Animal League and The Cesar Millan Foundation based on originality, creativity and persuasiveness.
Schools can get creative and help make a difference in the lives of homeless animals by entering this exciting contest. For complete entry details and complete Official Rules, parents and students may visit http://education.muttigrees.org/mutt-i-grees-america-adopts-psa-contest-2012
Exciting prizes include:
One (1) Grand Prize: One School will win a package consisting of:
- $10,000 Grant
- A visit to the winning school by Cesar Millan, the host of National Geographic WILD The Dog Whisperer series
- A trip for four (4) to North Shore Animal League America’s DogCatemy Rescue Awards Dinner in New York City where the winning PSA will be shown
- 100 Mutt-i-grees T-Shirts
Three (3) Regional Prizes: One school in each of four U.S. regions will win:
- $1,500 Grant
- 50 Mutt-i-grees T-Shirts
The Mutt-i-grees Curriculum was developed by The Pet Savers Foundation, in collaboration with the Yale University School of the 21st Century, and was graciously funded by The Cesar Millan Foundation.
Parents & Students…
The Mutt-i-grees Curriculum is an innovative curriculum that capitalizes on the affinity between children and animals, and teaches children to be calm, confident and caring. The Curriculum also teaches the wonderful and unique traits of shelter pets and promotes shelter adoption. Ask your Teacher or School Administrator to sign up for the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum today at education.muttigrees.org/signup
Teachers & School Administrators…
If you’re not yet teaching the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum in your school, learn how you can receive this groundbreaking curriculum for grades Pre-K – 8 at education.muttigrees.org/signup
This contest is open to Accredited Schools in the U.S. and the District of Columbia that educate children in any, or all, of the following Grades: Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grades 1-8 (“Eligible Schools”). An entry must be submitted by a School Administrator or Teacher from an Eligible School and as outlined in the Contest Official Rules. Limit one (1) entry per Eligible School. Contest is void where prohibited and the deadline for entries is 10/26/12.
ABOUT THE MUTT-I-GREES CURRICULUM
The Mutt-i-grees Curriculum is an innovative program that builds on the affinity between children and animals, providing a unique context to teach compassion, empathy and social responsibility. Developed by the Yale School of the 21st Century in collaboration with North Shore Animal League America, and graciously funded by the Millan Foundation, the Curriculum highlights the unique characteristics and desirability of shelter dogs, known as Mutt-i-grees.
ABOUT THE CESAR MILLAN FOUNDATION
Animal activist and world-renowned dog behaviorist Cesar Millan officially established the Cesar Millan Foundation with the mission to create and deliver community humane education programs and promote animal welfare. Since its inception in 2007, the Cesar Millan Foundation has provided grants and materials to hundreds of non-profit animal organizations to support the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of abused and abandoned dogs, donated emergency assistance through the Daddy's Emergency Animal Rescue (DEAR) Fund, and contributed critical funding and professional insight to develop The Mutt-i-grees Curriculum with The Pet Savers Foundation, in collaboration with the Yale University School of the 21st Century. For more information visit www.millanfoundation.org.
ABOUT NORTH SHORE ANIMAL LEAGUE AMERICA
North Shore Animal League America - Home of the Mutt-i-gree® - headquartered in Port Washington, NY, is the largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization in the world. The Animal League reaches across the country to rescue, nurture and adopt 20,000 pets into happy and loving homes each year. Over the past decade, the Animal League saved over 200,000 lives and has saved 1,000,000 animals since its inception. “Like” us at www.Facebook.com/TheAnimalLeague, follow us at www.Twitter.com/AnimalLeague. To learn more about animal rescue and welfare, visit www.AnimalLeague.org.