Spring Break has begun and summer vacation is not far behind.
What will mommies and daddies do to beat the heat? Malls are air conditioned. So are libraries. But libraries aren’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of kids yelling, running, shouting, dancing and reading to dogs. The Humane Society is changing that on the Peninsula through “Paws for Tales”.
|Photo Credit: Peninsula Humane Society Pet Assisted Therapy|
Did you know that some early-reader kids who might be too shy to read aloud become super-bold storytellers when a trained therapy dog is in the audience?
The private non-profit, Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, said that any book from Clifford: The Big Red Dog series was popular with kids. Several libraries have partnered with the Humane Society to bring this way to combine summer fun with kids, playing with dogs and reading library books. San Mateo Patch Contributor Joan Dentler reported in November 2012 that children become confident readers because they don’t perceive animals as judgmental.
|Photo Credit: Peninsula Humane Society|
|Photo Credit: Peninsula Humane Society Pomeranian|
|Photo Credit: Peninsula Humane Society Animal Camp for 9-12 year old Kids|
How novel! Visit the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA Twitter and Facebook pages to find out if your local library is participating in “Paws for Tales: Kids Read to Trained Therapy Dogs” program! When reading is ruff for kids, the Humane Society makes it paws-ible!
Find out more about how to volunteer at your local Humane Society! SmartyGirl/SmartyFella Leadership supports programs that teach empathy.
SmartyGirl Editor-in-Chief, Renee Marchol
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol Peninsula Humane Society|
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