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 call Kristen, the Humane Education Manager, at (630) 420-8989 ext. 117 or send an email.
Also, if you are intersted in becoming CGC (Canine Good Citizen) certified, please email or call Kristen to learn about upcoming testing dates that are held at NAHS.
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!