The Wags & Tales Reading Program is a mutually beneficial experience designed to help shy or anxious animals in our shelter feel more comfortable around people by having children read to them. This program helps foster compassion and empathy, while providing a supportive environment to help children develop their reading skills. Calmer animals are happier animals, and we want to ensure they receive the best care possible in our shelter with the help of our community. Participants sit within designated cat area’s or outside of a dog’s kennel and read to them.
Who can benefit from the Wags & Tales Reading Program?
- Children who strive to improve their reading skills
- Children wanting to spend time helping animals
- Children who are participating in school or extracurricular activities such as Boy or Girl Scouts
Who can participate?
Anyone 6 years or older, (children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult). Readings are limited to 2 children at a time to ensure a calming atmosphere.
When can we read to the animals?
The Wags & Tales Reading Program is available Monday – Friday from 12 PM-6 PM by appointment. (On Wednesday’s reading hours only go until 5pm)
Do you have books for us to read there or do we need to bring our own?
We have a small selection of books to choose from, but children are encouraged to bring their own as well!
How much time can we spend reading?
The Wags & Tales Reading Program has 30-minute shifts that you can sign up for.
What does it cost to attend the Wags & Tales Reading Program?
The fees for the program are listed below:
Saving Lives Storytime (One time visit) – $5 per visit
To pay for a one-time visit: https://buy.stripe.com/eVaaFad8eeSW9WMfYZ
Rescue Readers (Monthly Membership) – $15 a month
To pay for a monthly membership: https://buy.stripe.com/6oE14Ad8ebGK8SI5km
Bookworm Buddies (Yearly Membership) – $150 for the year ($30 savings!)
To pay for a yearly membership: https://buy.stripe.com/28obJed8eeSWb0QbIL