The Comfort Dog program brings
a smile to students and staff on a challenging
day, helps to de-escalate issues and can even
provide bereavement support.
Schools that will adopt the program include P.S. 076
William Hallet and P.S. 277 The Riverview School in Long
Island City, P.S. 120 in Flushing, P.S. 224 in Bellerose, P.S.
75 Robert E. Peary School in Ridgewood and I.S. 204 Oliver
W. Holmes in Astoria.
P.S. 209 Clearview Gardens in Whitestone adopted the
program during the last school year.
“We are so excited to see that the program has grown from
seven schools to 30 additional schools in just one year — talk
about a good report card,” said Joanne Yohannan, senior
vice president, North Shore Animal League America. “Our
Mutt-i-Grees curriculum is teaching many important lessons,
helping raise awareness about the importance of rescue and
imparting life lessons in empathy while helping prepare the
next generation to be true humanitarians.”
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