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Paws For Reading is a reading program designed to enrich the lives of the dogs and cats in our care. Reading to a non-judgmental audience (like animals) has been proven to boost reading skills and confidence. The animals also receive the benefit of socialization and quiet human behavior.
Children and adults are invited to read to our animals. Children (6-15 years of age) can participate as long as they are accompanied by a parent. Volunteers (16 years of age and older) can participate without adult supervision.
Families will be able to sign up for an hour time slot (2 families per hour). Reading takes place in our Cat Room (an open roam room) and in front of our outdoor Dog Kennels (weather permitting).
Students (16+ and older) may volunteer as “P4R Guides” and they will be tasked with completing a volunteer orientation, greeting families, helping them pick out a book and get situated in the correct spot, helping socialize (and reading if needed), answering any general questions and making sure GHHS rules are followed. To sign up, please click the button below.
Well, fortunately, Kendall from the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library recently made a visit to GHHS to give Paws for Reading a go herself. Kendall read a wonderful book to Shylie, an 8 year old dog currently in waiting to be adopted into her fur-ever home at GHHS.
Kendall lets us know how beneficial reading to pets can be for both two and four legged animals. For the pups and cats being read to, the sound of a human voice helps to relieve tension and stress, providing a soothing presence to animals in need.
Additionally, for reluctant readers, Paws for Reading builds confidence in reading skills in children of all ages, while allowing ample time to practice in front of a non-judgemental and cuddly audience.
Paws for Reading is just one of the many ways to volunteer at the Greater Huntsville Humane Society. We are always looking for willing individuals to make a difference in the lives of the animals we serve. Be sure to check out all our opportunities on our Volunteer page.