ALL ABOUT TAILS TO TEACH!
Kindness, Compassion and Empathy in the Classroom
Tails To Teach is a Rhode Island 501(c)(3) non-profit. TTT sends teams of registered therapy dogs and their owners into Providence schools to teach kindness, compassion and empathy. Our pet-assisted therapy (PAT) dogs are specially trained to help children focus on the benfits of positive behavior with animals and each other! This unique program seeks to help children find non-violent solutions to problems.
Tails To Teach
Has reached over 2,000 students over the last three years
Has a canine staff made up of former shelter dogs
Is a proven, highly effective strategy to help students learn positive behaviors
Is a unique program that provides students with hands-on time with dogs in their classroom.
There are too many dogs in shelters, too many bullies in the pricipal's office. We know that real and lasting social change comes about only through education and empowerment. We are proactive rather than reactive. TTT goes upstream to tackle these problems at their source. We hope to reach kids before apathy, violence and hopelessness become the norm. That means fewer animals ending up in shelters, fewer kids in the pricipal's office and fewer heartbreaking headlines in our morning papers.
Our History - Dumpster Days
One cold, November day, a tiny, scruffy dog was found in a dumpster in Providence and was brought to a city shelter. I came across her shivering in her metal cage: starving, scared and alone. Just another throw-away pet among the thousands that are brought to Providence shelters yearly. I'd finally had enough. Enough abandonment. Enough neglect. Enough abuse. Enough ignorance.
I had to believe that if people knew better, they'd do better. Tails To Teach was born.
Today, little Couscous (left), that same "dumpster dog" works alongside Grace and Maggie, other shelter dogs (from Providence and East Greenwich, respectively), bringing TTT to RI's under-served urban schools. Couscous is small but mighty! She's come a long way from her dumpster days! Our goal is to encourage the development of kindness, compassion and empathy in every student we meet.
Founder and Director