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

Download educator resources for more information about the objectives and to support learning before, during and after this game.

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