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By Chris Parrucci When one thinks of summer, images of beaches, backyards and relaxing vacations come to mind. For HEART campers around NYC, their summers were filled with just as much fun as they spent their sunny days learning about and helping people, animals and the environment. In early July

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After learning about the plight of dogs in puppy mills, eighth grade HEART students at Courtenay Language Arts Center in Chicago decided they wanted to take action to help. The students organized the school’s very first Puppy Mill Awareness week, helping to educate all of their classmates about the issue

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Over the past few weeks, HEART students in Chicago have been learning about helping companion animals. Our students learned about how there are approximately 6-8 millions dogs and cats without homes, the benefits of spaying and neutering, the problems with puppy mills, and why companion animal adoption is so important.