The shelter started this program because reading to the animals creates a calm space and also reduces their anxiety.
The Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter in Michigan were the latest to join the Reading Paws program and they have managed to get an overwhelming response. According to Knoe News, Reading Paws is a program for children between the age of 6 and 16 to read to pets in the shelter. In a post on Facebook, ICACS revealed that sometimes it gets really overwhelming for many pets because of the shelter environment and they came up with a way to tackle it. They found that reading to the animals creates a calm space and also reduces their anxiety. So, they invited children to read to these babies at the shelter, so that they could help the animals there remain calm while also brush up on their reading skills.
The shelter has also provided a few books for the kids who want to come and read to the animals. Also, they can bring their own favorite books to read, but they need to be accompanied by a guardian. Now, the shelter is looking for ways to accommodate everyone who wants to help these little babies remain calm. They even posted an update: "*Update: Due to an overwhelming response of interest to our program we will be hoping to announce future dates soon. Please keep a lookout for our next post! Feel free to comment with day/times suggestions.* All spots for the 11/27 sessions are filled at this time."
There have been a lot of requests from people about dates because all the slots have been filling up way too fast, and the shelter responded by saying: " We are just starting the program, but are hoping to offer this bi-weekly." This means that twice a week, you could head over to the shelter to help your kids comfort animals and also teach them a thing or two about kindness and humanity. This definitely is a win-win situation.
A lot of people were interested and left comments on the post. Kristi Parker wrote: 'My son and I love this idea! The weekends would work great during the school year and then during the week the summer we could even do during the week. Is this a regular thing or just for sign up only?" Doris Dombroski added: "Awesome! It's time to step up all of our games to show our youth that they matter as do everyone matters. Grab a hold people it's their future we owe it to them to give them the best chance at ALL cost."
Randi Baron-Leonard posted: "Our daughter s Girl Scouts troop did this for our shelter. Our girls loved it !!! They read to the cats tho, not the dogs. The dogs were loud and barking etc.
Cats were better for our local shelter. And we had a private tour of the shelter of the clinic where they do spayed and neutered." Nina Lorraine wrote: "Whoever came up with this concept deserves a serious award! Innovative and brilliant and it serves two needs - children to practice reading and pets to be comforted. Fantastic!"