Grantee - Teacher’s Pet
Rochester Hills, MI
Dogs and Kids Learning Together works to empower at-risk youth to address issues of apathy, cruelty and violence in today’s society while providing unwanted shelter dogs with behavior issues a second chance at finding a loving, permanent home. Participants are paired with difficult-to-adopt shelter dogs for a ten-week workshop centered on proper care and basic “good manners.” The program runs year-round in schools and summer camps, targeting emotionally impaired youth with severe behavior disorders and shelter dogs with behavioral issues. While the children gain increased self-esteem, empathy and compassion, dogs once considered unadoptable are saved from euthanasia and adopted into loving, permanent families.