Apr 19, 2016, 4:09 pm

Merrick third graders learn about the paws-itives of adopting a puppy

North Shore Animal League connects young students with rescued animals

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A Birch School program created the world’s cutest combination of kids and newborn animals to teach students about the responsibilities of caring for rescued pets.

Children ages 8 and 9 got a visit from the North Shore Animal League to learn the benefits of rescuing an animal and the proper ways to take care of one.

Because the students have been learning about animal shelters all week, teachers decided to give students a chance to interact with rescue animals through the Animal League's "Mutt-i-Gree” program.

More than 80 students took turns holding two rescue puppies while asking detailed questions, allowing them to have an emotional experience with the animals while learning more about the adoption process.

More than 800 animals are in need of a home. For more information, visit the North Shore Animal League (http://www.animalleague.org/).

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