Animal Haven’s new reading initiative, Shelter Tails, celebrates the connection young children have with animals. The program provides a special opportunity for children to visit Animal Haven to make a difference in the lives of homeless dogs and cats while also strengthening reading skills and confidence. The animals benefit too: the extra attention and enrichment help the most shy and anxious animals in the facility while waiting to be adopted. We think it’s a win-win for all.
The benefits of reading to animals for children:
- Reading aloud improves communication and vocabulary
- Children can learn compassion and empathy
- Children can build confidence by reading to animals who are non-judgmental
Animal Haven’s reading program welcomes children between the ages of 6-13. Participants are encouraged to bring their own reading material at this time. While the program does not include physical contact with dogs and cats, Animal Haven does require that each child be accompanied by an adult caretaker for safety reasons. Additional staff will be available to provide support and answer questions.
Space is Limited. Individual reading sessions are one hour in length and are currently on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 pm – 5 pm (expect to spend about 30 minutes reading). When booking your session, let us know if you prefer your audience to be a cat or dog. Right now, the first session is free and additional sessions can be booked with a donation.