Tall Tails Reading Program

Me-wow! Woof- Woof! Palm Valley Animal Center invites children who are able to read at any level to come to the shelter to read to our cats at both of our locations, Palm Valley Animal Center and The Laurie P. Andrews PAWS Center. The program helps children improve their reading skills while providing socialization and human interaction for the shelter animals. Recent studies show that children who read to shelter animals on a regular basis demonstrate drastic improvement in their reading skills and the animals find the rhythmic sound of a voice very comforting and soothing. Shelter animals provide a safe, non-judgmental presence for struggling readers.

Sharing books with furry supporters helps children to:

  • Sustain concentration and focus
  • Improve attitudes toward school
  • Increase reading comprehension and fluency
  • Expand their use of vocabulary and language
  • Boost confidence and pride in their reading skill
  • Cultivate a higher motivation for reading and learning
  • Feel more comfortable about learning
  • Enjoy the experience of reading

Parents can sign their child up for 30-minute reading sessions with resident animals. Participation is limited to ONE child per session. Children may choose a book from our selection of stories or bring one of their own.  You MUST be registered online to participate in the Tall Tails Reading Program.

There is no fee to participate in the program.  Children must be registered with a parent or legal guardian.

Each reading session is limited to ONE child participant. There MUST be one adult present with the child during each reading session. 

Parents are required to stay with their child AT ALL TIMES  for the duration of their reading session. Please click on link below for more information on dates and times for each location.

Click Here to register for the Tall Tails Reading Program at @pvacTX (Palm Valley Animal Center)

Click Here register for the Paws 4 Tall Tails Reading Program at @lpaPAWS (The Laurie P. Andrews PAWS Center)


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