Dayton non-profit receives $20K for dog safety program

Wagtown, Inc., a Dayton based non-profit, has been awarded a $20,000 grant by the Mars Corporation’s Better Cities For Pets program through the United States Conference of Mayors.

Dayton has joined six other cities in the United States as winners for dog friendliness.

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Wagtown received the grant for it’s K-1 curriculum program that includes a children’s book.

The program addresses safety around dogs and the curriculum addresses humane treatment of animals, responsible dog ownership, self-image issues and breed discrimination.

“We’re excited to get the Wagtown K-1 curriculum into the hands of teachers and the ideas into little minds,” Dayton mayor Nan Whaley said in a prepared release.

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The Better Cities for Pets program was established to help communities become more pet friendly.

“The K-1 packet is hopefully the first of many so that we can encourage discussions and messaging about humane treatment and responsible ownership practices as children get older and take on more ‘dog parenting’ roles,” Miller said.

For more information about Wagtown visit its website.

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