A new project aimed at enriching the lives of children and animals by helping them in many different ways has begun in South Carolina. What does it involve?
First grade children reading to shelter pups and kittens! If that doesn’t sound adorable, I don’t know what does. First grade teacher Lauren Demarest of Kinard Elementary School took every single first grader in the school to the York County Animal Shelter for two days.
Each child was given a picture book and assigned to an animal. They first read to the cats, beginning by speaking to the kits before reading from the book, and then moved on to do the same thing with the pups. The project was designed to help the animals of the shelter become more socialized so that the chances of their adoption became higher.
Meanwhile, the students would be able to enjoy being around animals and learn to be kind to them, all while practicing their reading skills. The pups in the shelter were really happy to receive so much attention! This was a big change from their everyday lives at the shelter.
The best part? It’s been reported that since the beginning of the project, adoption rates have skyrocketed, leading to nearly half the fur balls in the shelter being brought to new, forever loving homes. It’s safe to say that the project was a big success!
If you’re thinking of becoming a mommy or daddy to an adorable fur ball, do consider adoption! Lots of lovely pups are just waiting for new homes. Give this a like and do share away!
Feature Image Source: Grace S.G. Hutchinson