Looks like children are not the only ones that enjoy a good bedtime story. The “Tales for Tails” reading program encourages kids to practice their reading skills while prepping shelter dogs for their forever homes.
The idea for Tales for Tails began with a simple thought. Eight-year-old Mount Wolf, PA, resident Aubryn Godshell wanted to volunteer at shelters but was denied due to her age. Most volunteer shelters mandate a strict 18 and over policy. Frustrated, Godshell decided to take matters into her own hands.
Determined to start a program that allowed kids younger than 18 to volunteer, Godshell began strategizing. She wanted to be able to help other kids while still being able to interact with the shelter pets.
Tales for Tails is available in many cities. The York County SPCA plans to offer the two-hour event twice a month according to the York Dispatch. While their latest event just passed on August 21st, the SPCA urges interested parties to visit their official website or their Facebook page for more information. Their first event had over 40 volunteers. Aubryn encourages animals lovers, like herself, to sign up and take part.
The Greater Lowell Family YMCA and the Lowell Humane Society of Massachusetts are also teaming up for a Tales for Tails reading program. Sponsored by the Jeanne D’ Arc Credit Union, the program encourages children from the YMCA to read aloud to dogs, cats, rabbits and others awaiting adoption. Kids between the ages of 5 and 13 meet twice a week for an hour with the animal of their choosing. The program runs for seven weeks until the end of August.
By getting what once could have been a nervous and anxious dog to respond to human interaction, it is setting the dog up for success so-to-speak. Dogs who respond well with humans tend to be adopted sooner than dogs who might not be so used to people.
We cannot wait to see where Tales for Tails goes next.