(Fort McMurray, January 8, 2019) The Fort McMurray SPCA (FMSPCA) is inviting residents of all ages from across the region to participate in World Read Aloud Day Friday, February 1 by coming to the shelter to read to the animals in their care. The initiative is part of the FMSPCA Book Buddies reading to shelter pets program.
“The Book Buddies program helps kids improve their reading skills and learn about empathy, while also helping rescued animals become less anxious and fearful which increases their chances of being adopted,” said Arianna Johnson, Executive Director FMSPCA. “It’s really a win-win and builds confidence in the kids and the animals. “
Since the program’s inception in 2017, hundreds of children and some classrooms have taken part and the FMSPCA hopes that on February 1st residents from all ages will come and participate in Book Buddies.
“The shelter environment can be overwhelming for some animals,” said Johnson. “Time and again we see animals who may come across as timid start to come out of their shell when they are being read to by coming closer to the front of the kennel, calming their behaviour or even laying down. You can watch the connection being made.”
The FMSPCA has added additional hour long time slots on February 1st from 12:30-6:30pm to encourage as many residents as possible to join in the fun by signing up on their website through Sign Up Genius. For those that can’t attend the World Read Aloud Day Book Buddies is available many Tuesdays between 4-5pm.
To sign up for World Read Aloud Day click here
Groups and classrooms interested in participating in the program should contact FMSPCA Programs Coordinator Misty Schad at firstname.lastname@example.org