Paws for Tales
Naperville Area Humane Society is pleased to present our newest education effort, the Paws for Tales reading program. Our certified dog and volunteer teams help children ages 5 and older to feel more comfortable by reading aloud to a dog in a non-judgmental, supportive environment. Since the program began in 2009, educators have consistently shared that their students reading skills as well as classroom behavior have improved while a part of the program. NAHS supplies the books which all contain humane themes such as kindness, empathy, and compassion. Children also receive bookmarks, stickers and coloring sheets from the dog!
Our Paws for Tales program will motivate many children to improve their reading skills. However, the program goes much deeper. The human-animal bond is very powerful. Interaction with the dog and his unconditional love and limitless patience, is an experience that can not be described. Positive effects have been observed even on the very first reading session with the dog.
We are seeking additional volunteer-dog teams to participate in this program. All dogs must have their CGC (Canine Good Citizen) or be Delta certified. To learn more about volunteering for this program with your dog or establishing this program at your school, please contact Terri Hancock, humane education manager, at (630) 420-8989 x117 or via email.
NAHS continually seeks more humane education themed books for our dog teams. We are happy to provide you with a complete list of requested titles. Amazon.com gift cards are also very much appreciated.