New Humane Society of Huron Valley program encourages youth literacy with adoptable animals

By Sarah Parlette for

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Children in the Ann Arbor area can now practice their reading with an attentive (and possibly drooling) audience.

Humane Society of Huron Valley’s latest program, Reading Rescue, partners homeless animals in its care with children looking to read to a nonjudgmental partner.

“It’s so heartwarming and a real win-win,” said HSHV Vice President of Humane Education and Volunteering Karen Patterson in a release on the nonprofit’s website.

“Research shows that children can improve their reading speed and accuracy by reading aloud repeatedly. And while it’s sometimes tough for them to do this in front of their peers or parents, the animals provide an attentive audience who not only dote on their every word, but don’t flinch when they stumble. So the children’s confidence in reading improves, too.”

Participants can read their favorite book to HSHV animals on selected Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon.

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