About this Game

CIT Squad: Case of the Sick Puppy is an educational adventure game created by HEART (Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers) and developed in partnership with 3C Institute for children aged 8-12.

As Cora, Kazu, and Casey - the CIT Squad (Compassionate Investigators in Training) - investigate humane issues around the world, they learn important ways to protect people, animals, and our environment.

In this game, the CIT Squad investigates why Juniper, a puppy who was bought online, is very sick. They travel to different places, including pet stores, adoption centers, and eventually the puppy mill where Juniper came from. Along the way, they must gather information, search for clues, and overcome challenges, including mini games.

Learning Objectives

Players are introduced to the reality behind the puppy mill breeding industry, while building greater empathy for companion animals and fostering increased conscientiousness about how animal companions are brought into people’s lives.


This game promotes:

  • · Literacy Skills
  • · Learning about Animals
  • · Empathy and Compassion
  • · Social Emotional Learning
  • · Critical Thinking
  • · Advocacy and Empowerment

For more information about the objectives and the educational resources to support learning before, during and after this game, visit our Educators page.

About HEART

Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers - HEART - works to develop a generation of compassionate youth who create positive change for animals, people, and the natural world. HEART works with educators, administrators and community leaders to deliver humane education to K-12 students in the classroom, after school, and summer camps. HEART also provides teacher training, professional development courses and individual guidance to administrators and teachers on how to infuse humane education into school curricula.


HEART also offers a wealth of FREE print and interactive digital resources for grades K-12, providing everything educators need to teach students to be caring and compassionate toward animals, people, and our planet, while meeting academic standards. Find all our resources at the HEART online Library.





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