Delta Community Animal Shelter is excited to offer an innovative new program to support reading and education for local youth, as well as the betterment of lives of the shelter animals.
The Tales 4 Tails Reading Enhancement Program invites youth ages 6–13 for reading sessions where they read to an animal living at the shelter waiting for a forever home. This activity helps children improve their reading levels and confidence. In turn, the children help calm stressed shelter animals and socialize them with people, improving the animal lives while they call the shelter a temporary home.
“It has been incredible to observe kids reading to the shelter animals these past couple of weeks,” says Jones. “The cats cozied up very quickly to their Tales 4 Tails reading buddy and were very much at ease, and that made the kids feel so proud.”
Delta Community Animal Shelter staff invite your family to participate. From June–August 2015, participants who read at the shelter will be included in the Fraser Valley Regional Library Summer Reading Club and can enter their name in a grand prize draw for every 15-minute reading session they complete (supported by FVRL).
If you would like to participate in Tales 4 Tails or learn more about the program, please call Delta Community Animal Shelter at 604-940-7111. DCAS is located at 7505 Hopcott Road, Delta.
- For children ages 6–13 who are able to read at any level
- Reading sessions are 20 minutes each and flexible to the child's schedule during the following times:
- Reading sessions are booked in advance (604-940-7111) and allotted to one family per time slot (maximum of two siblings can come together)
- Children are to be supervised by an adult at all times
- Children can bring their own book or choose from the DCAS library (generously donated by Black Bond Books, Orca Book Publishers and Ashley Spires Illustration)
- Not all animals are suitable for children. Staff will select the most appropriate animals. If a dog is chosen to be suitable, a volunteer or staff member will accompany the dog