Rescue Readers Calm Shelter Animals at Animal Humane Society
Through the Rescue Readers program at the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley, readers can read to animals awaiting adoption. Readers must go through orientation, but it is open to adults and kids alike.
The reading program lasts an hour and readers sit on the outside of pens, reading to pets.
“It’s proven that a soft, monotone voice is actually more calming than playing soft music for them,” explains Holly Watson-Wetzel, Humane Education Supervisor at the Animal Humane Society. “Their heartbeat matches the rhythm of the voice and it keeps them calm, which you can understand is great for animals at the shelter.”
The Rescue Readers program is popular with kids who want to practice their reading, but adults can participate too. To be a part of the program, you do have to go through orientation. Learn more here.