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Tip of the Week: Invite Kids to Read to Shelter Animals

Let kids come read to the cats and dogs in your care for this win-win-win scenario:

  • The animals will learn social skills that can help them get adopted
  • The children will improve literacy skills while learning compassion for furry friends
  • Your shelter will strengthen relationships in the community

Photo: Humane Society of Missouri


These past few years, we’ve been observing with great excitement as more shelters have hopped on board the “kids reading to animals” bandwagon. In some cases, kids are allowed into kennels and cat rooms to share a cuddle with animals as they read, and in others, they read from outside the cage door. In all cases, mega enrichment and bonding occurs!

As a bonus, we’ve been watching these programs do well on social networks and with the media—because when are cute kids and animals ever not a hit?

Think a program like this would work for your community? Here are resources to help get you started:

Read and Relax program for dogs

Book Buddies program for cats


How do you engage young animal lovers? Leave a comment and let us know.


Photo, right: Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin


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