Reading to Shelter Pets Program

Sponsored by Soneya Lund and Saol Salon

Telling Tails is a new initiative engaging Yakima Valley elementary and middle school students in reading sessions with shelter pets. Reading comprehension and basic literacy is one of the most important skills acquired during early developmental years. Pet socialization while in a large facility is also crucial during a pet's stay so they remain friendly, loved, and well-behaved. Always interested in being a more vibrant part of the community and an innovative partner, Yakima Humane Society established Telling Tails in hopes of solving both challenges simultaneously. Small groups of students can be scheduled by a teacher, parent, legal guardian, or community program director. A library of age-appropriate pet-themed books is provided for session use and students are paired with appropriate pets to read one-on-one or in small group sessions based on space. Sessions are usually one hour in length with typical availability on Wednesdays at the Yakima Humane Adoption Center by appointment only.

Interested in learning more? Please contact outreach@yakimahumane.org.

Telling Tails is generously sponsored by Soneya Lund and Saol Salon.