Fun Reading to Dogs

I apologize for the blurry images.  This happened while importing my posts from my old blog site to my new one.  The content is still good.

 

We are now volunteers at our local SPCA in Lakeland.   When my son signed up to volunteer for community service hours, I noticed that there were more volunteer opportunities than just dog walking, etc.  I already knew that I’d love to be one of their photographers, but another position piqued my interest too.  It’s called Paws to Read and it sounded right up my alley – I’ve coached soccer, chess club, and  taught Sunday school in the past.  I love to help kids and dogs.

Paws to Read is a wonderful program.  The first Saturday of every month, SPCA volunteers bring a couple of the dogs to the library.  Then, between the hours of 10:30am to 12:00pm, children read to the dogs and socialize with them.  This is a great chance for children to not only interact with dogs, but it also reinforces reading in a fun way.  Some of the dogs are even lucky enough to find their forever home!  I’m not sure the outcome, but one couple that we saw yesterday as we were packing up, ended up at the SPCA when we got back there.  They had their eye on Bubba, but were also looking at another dog.

Currently this program is only held at the Bruton Memorial Library in Plant City, and what a fantastic library it is!  They are truly dedicated to the children and to the dogs.  An upbeat woman named Carol runs the children’s program.  She has a jam-packed schedule of activities for kids during the summer.  You can learn more about this library and their programs by clicking on the link.

You can learn more about the SPCA, see the animals that are up for adoption, learn about their programs, and the many volunteer positions that they have available by clicking on their link above.

The two dogs that we brought there yesterday received lots of attention from the kids.  Check out some of the pictures below.

These kids are in front of a display board that showcases the program and some of the dogs that have been adopted by their having visited the library:

Some of the kids asking a volunteer questions while Bubba gets a belly rub:

Lilly has no problem around kids!  Look how she’s soaking up the love:

Carol from the library, a couple of SPCA volunteers and Lilly (the dog), listen to the story that this little girl is reading to them:

Who doesn’t love doggie kisses?  And I think they’re all from Lilly!

Bubba says:  “Give me a high five!”:

Volunteers even get something out of this experience:

Bubba (He’s a one year old Basenji/Japanese Spitz .):

Lilly (She is a one year old Retriever, Labrador/Border Collie mix.):

Bubba:

Lilly:

Bubba says:  “Uh huh.  Uh huh.  Uh huh.  Then what happened?”:

Now as of yesterday (6/4/11), Bubba and Lilly  were both available for adoption.  I’m not sure if they’ve since been adopted as you read this, but if you’re interested in either of them – don’t wait.  Contact the SPCA right away!  The SPCA of Lakeland has many, many wonderful dogs and cats that are looking for loving homes.  Will your home be the next forever home for one of them?

On a last note, besides adoptions and volunteering, the SPCA gratefully accepts donations (monetary or other).  They are a not-for-profit organization.  If you see the ASPCA commercials on TV asking for donations THAT IS NOT THEM – they are in New York.  Do not think that you are donating to our local shelter.  Contact the Lakeland SPCA shelter directly or go to their link above.

I will be posting more pictures of pets that are available for adoption and more pictures from this monthly event in the future.

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