Six years ago, Shaker Junior High School social studies teacher, Kathryn Peterson, started a Dog Blanket Club, focused on supporting a non-profit organization located in Schenectady, “Homeward Bound.” Since then, the club has grown in numbers, and is now co-advised with Cheryl Germanerio and Kara Matthews. Under the guidance of the teachers, every holiday season students from all four junior high school halls make blankets for dogs housed at Homeward Bound. The organization rescues dogs that have been turned over to shelters, surrendered through its surrender program, and rescued from puppy mills. The organization’s mission is to promote lifelong happiness for dogs and their adoptive families.
“I have two dogs that are from Homeward Bound that my husband and I adopted,” said Peterson. “I learned about this rescue organizations from a student I had years ago who volunteered her time there. Ever since then, I have committed to making blankets with students after school and teaching them about the value of rescuing a dog.”
Click here for a slideshow of pictures Mrs. Peterson put together.
Click here to learn more about Homeward Bound.