Ceasar Millan, host of the hit National Geographic Channel show Dog Whisperer, announced today his intention to donate to a program that promotes and educates on the humane treatment of animals.
Millan and his wife, Ilusion, plan to give $250,000 to the North Shore Animal League America to help launch the Mutt-i-grees humane education curriculum.
The program, which collaborates with Yale University’s School of the 21st Century, approaches lessons in humane animal treatment by viewing the subject through the lenses of emotional intelligence and social skills. Though a trial curriculum is being tested in pre-kindergarten through third-grade classrooms, the full program will begin in 2010.
According to Millan, "The unique program shows children how to treat animals while teaching important social and emotional skills – skills such as empathy, collaboration and caring – so kids will grow up and become pack leaders in the animal world as well as the human world."
The quarter-million dollar endowment is the largest gift donated by the Ceasar and Ilusion Millan Foundation to date.
The U.S. Humane Society, an organization that provides insight on pet care and helps prevent animal cruelty, encourages responsible pet owners to consider adopting a homeless animal from their local shelters.