First Day Friends

First Day Friends

The Program

First Day Friends explores the powerful relationship children have with their dogs, and how it could help ease the transition into a new school. Every year, over 7 million students change schools - an upheaval that could lead to loneliness or even contribute to mental health issues that follow a child into adulthood. We love the idea that a pet by their side could help.

Get Your
School Involved

Download our helpful packet for information about pets in schools and their potential positive impacts for students.

How Our Dogs Help Us

The headlines today are full of stories about growing health crises related to loneliness and social isolation. Yet pets offer an amazing source of companionship. That's why we thought children transferring to a new school could benefit from the love and attention their dogs offer. Studies have shown that children with pets tend to have greater self-esteem, less loneliness and enhanced social skills. First Day Friends celebrates that the bond we have with dogs can help us through tough times - at school or anywhere else.

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