Meet Bruno, M.S. 896’s new comfort dog!

The DOE is going mutts!

After a successful trial run at seven City schools last year, the DOE has decided to unleash its popular Comfort Dog program across nearly 40 schools this year.

The program, which we featured here on TMB last year, brings rescue dogs into schools to work directly with students and staff members. The DOE works with North Shore Animal League America to adopt the dogs, and schools can receive training in the Mutt-i-grees curriculum, which includes lesson plans and strategies that enable dogs to engage students and provide them with a variety of social and emotional benefits.

“Comfort dogs bring smiles to students and staff on challenging days, help de-escalate issues, and even provide bereavement support,” said Chancellor Carmen Fariña as she kicked off the program’s expansion at the Lower Manhattan Community Middle School (M.S. 896).

“We know students need academic and social-emotional supports to succeed in the classroom and beyond, and comfort dogs are helping nearly 40 schools strengthen their cultures and build stronger relationships,” she added.

While visiting M.S. 896, the Chancellor met Bruno, the school’s new comfort dog. After seeing how students reacted to Bruno as he pitter-pattered through the school’s hallways and classrooms, the Chancellor remarked, “Well, clearly, the students already love him.”

Indeed, they do:


The following 37 schools, including last year’s seven pilot schools, are participating in the Comfort Dog program this school year:


  • J.H.S. 14 Shell Bank Junior High School (22K014)
  • M.S. 88 Peter Rouget (15K088)
  • P.S. 200 Benson School (20K200)
  • M.S. 266 Park Place Community Middle School (13K266)
  • P.S. 628 Brooklyn Brownstone School (16K628)
  • P.S. 90 Edna Cohen School (21K090)
  • P.S. 231 (20K231)
  • P.S. 532 New Bridges Elementary (17K532)
  • H.S. 410 Abraham Lincoln High School (21K410)
  • P.S. 185 Walter Kassenbrock (20K185)
  • P.S. 506 The School of Journalism & Technology (20K506)
  • P.S. 373 Brooklyn Transition Center (14K373)

The Bronx

  • P.S. 204 Morris Heights (09X204)
  • I.S. 303 Leadership & Community Service (09X303)
  • M.S. 343 Academy of Applied Mathematics and Technology (07X343)
  • P.S. 12 Lewis and Clark School (11X012)
  • P.S. 176 (11X176)


  • P.S. 076 William Hallet (30Q076)
  • P.S. 209 Clearview Gardens (25Q209)
  • P.S. 120 Queens (25Q120)
  • P.S. 277 The Riverview School (30Q277)
  • P.S. 224 (26Q224)
  • P.S. 75 Robert E. Peary School (24Q075)
  • I.S. 204 Oliver W. Holmes (30Q204)


  • P.S. 75 Emily Dickinson (03M075)
  • H.S. 139 Stephen T. Mather Building Arts Craftsmanship High School (02M139)
  • P.S. 145 The Bloomingdale School (03M145)
  • M.S. 896 Lower Manhattan Community Middle School (02M896)
  • P.S. 315 The East Village Community School (01M315)
  • P.S. 267 East Side Elementary School (02M267)
  • P.S. 178 Professor Juan Bosch Public School (06M178)

For more information about the DOE’s Comfort Dog program, check out The Morning Bell’s overview from last year.

And naturally, what would be a post about Comfort Dogs without PICTURES? Paw through our collection of photos from the Chancellor’s Comfort Dog program kickoff event at M.S. 896!

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