The Forever Paws Animal Shelter has started a new program called the Shelter Buddies Reading Program. It is designed to help shelter dogs become more adoptable. Reading to the dogs helps to bring comfort to and reduce the anxiety of shelter pets, and it nurtures empathy in children. Participants will sit outside of the dog's kennel and read to them.
Forever Paws is looking for kind kids ages 6-15. One parent is required to attend the training and must accompany the child every time they come to read and must attend the orientation. Closed-toed, rubber-soled shoes are required to protect your feet and give better traction when walking through the animal wings. At this time, also please bring something to sit on the floor.
You are welcome to bring a favorite book. The shelter is looking for book donations with an animal them to start a library of their own for the children volunteers.
You only need to attend ONE training session and then you will be able to read to the animals between 11pm and 4pm. You can come read for as little or as long as you'd like during designated hours, available seven days a week.
Forever Paws is also asking for a one-time $5.00 donation to offset the cost of the program.
The first orientation begins on August 26th at 10am. For future orientations please call for dates and time. (508-677-9154)