Corpus Christi Animal Care Services are seeking young reading volunteers!
In honor of celebrating National Reading Month, CCACS has been inspired to start a reading program, the Woof Pack Readers. A volunteer program for a child of any age, to bring a few of their favorite books to read to some of the shelter cats and dogs.
Team Release member, Sarah Brown says this program helps the pets as well as the children. “To not only better themselves but become better readers, but to give the animals some more one-on-one time, and some human interaction that they really need.”
Brown and her sister Amy Cheek were also the creators of the Speed-Dating for Dogs event during Valentine’s Day. Their mission behind these programs and events are to create more adoptions for CCACS and give these pets furever homes. Brown says, that research has shown that giving shelter dogs a minimum of 10 minutes of human interaction a day, reduces their stress levels.
“They’re able to kind of come out of their shell and become the dog that they once were.”
In addition to giving some furry friends some love, the end goal will also give these child volunteers a chance to sharpen their reading skills. “Dogs are never gonna day, ‘you’re not reading fast enough, or you didn’t say that word right.’ Brown says this program will help children have a non-judgmental listener, while they fine tune their favorite books.
Woof Pack Readers
Every Thursday 4-5pm
Corpus Christi Animal Care Services, 2626 Holly Rd.