Paws for Tales
Naperville Area Humane Society's Paws for Tales animal assisted reading program provides schools with certified volunteer-dog team visits, which help children of all ages 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 has 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 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. Paws for Tales is currently in over 40 locations and has reached over 3500 kids in 2016!
We are always seeking additional volunteer-dog teams to participate in this program. All dogs must have their CGC (Canine Good Citizen) or be certified under another organziation. To learn more about volunteering for this program, establishing this program at your school, or getting your dog CGC certified please call Kristen, the Humane Education Manager, at (630) 420-8989 ext. 117 or send an email.
Check out this video of one of our teams and the impact that they have had at a local school:
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.
Paws for Tales is generously sponsored by our friends at Nuveen Investments!