We are very excited to announce the 2020 Utah Humane Society Happy Tails Reading Program supporting kids and pets!
Reading stimulates the imagination, builds important neuro pathways, and helps children to expand their understanding of the world around them. But did you also know the benefits of reading to animals? Learning to read can be stressful for young children, but when you read to an animal you take away the worry of making mistakes and replace it with a judgment-free reading experience. This has proven to increase motivation to read, increase confidence in reading, and improve fluency while reading.
This program also has many benefits for shelter pets. Studies have shown that being read to decreases stress levels, can calm restless animals, and helps shy animals gain confidence when meeting new people. All of the perks directly improve an animal’s chance of being quickly adopted and decreases the time they spend in the shelter.
The Utah Humane Society is excited to offer a chance for children to come in and read to our adoptable animals.
- This program is open to kids 1st-6th grades.
- Currently, kids are able to read to cats and small animals if we have an available room. We are hoping to expand this program to read with dogs in the summer.
- To ensure safe interactions, we do require an adult 18 or older to accompany the youth reader during their time with the animals.
- When a youth reader signs up, they will get a bookmark about cats and a sticker next to their name on our reading chart for every 30 minutes of reading.
- Once you have signed up, you will not need to schedule reading times, you can come in anytime our adoption lobby is open.
- You bring your own book or choose one from our library.
Please come by anytime during our normal business hours and we will be happy to get you signed up!
You'll see the sign below posted on the door when a cat is enjoying a story.