Animal Welfare Department Encourages Kids to Read to Shelter Pets
The Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department is starting a pilot program called Companion Readers. The program will allow children to read to sheltered pets who are waiting to be adopted.
The Companion Readers program will provide a relaxed, non-judgmental and pet-friendly atmosphere, which will allow children to practice their reading skills. Having a child practice reading in a relaxed environment will build self-esteem, and connect reading with something pleasant.
Benefits of the Program include:
- Improving the child’s reading skills
- Building a child’s confidence
- Learning compassion for furry friends and how to be a good pet owner
- The animals will learn social skills that can help them get adopted
"This program is a great opportunity for our children and our sheltered pets. By practicing their reading skills with our dogs and cats, children are learning the great skill of reading our loud which they are able to carry forward as they become parents so they can read to their kids," said Mayor Richard J. Berry.
To make arrangements for a reading time at Lucky Paws on Wednesdays or Eastside shelter on Mondays, please contact the following:
Lucky Paws Contact: [email protected]
Eastside Shelter Contact: [email protected]