Written By Audrey Salazar
CARE Volunteer Coordinator
CARE Humane Society would like to remind our community about a monthly and unique event – Books N Barks. Scheduled on the first Monday of every month from 5 pm to 6 pm, this event is tailor-made for kids of all ages who share a love for reading and a soft spot for furry friends. It's an opportunity for children to engage with shelter animals by sharing the magic of storytelling. Continue reading to discover how Books N Barks is fostering connections between young readers and the animals awaiting their forever homes.
Books N Barks offers a chance for kids to immerse themselves in the joy of reading while
providing comfort and companionship to the cats and dogs residing at CARE Humane Society.
The event takes place within the shelter premises, where participating children can choose a
cozy spot outside the kennels to read to their four-legged audience. It's a heartwarming
experience that benefits both the children and the animals, creating a positive and comforting
atmosphere within the shelter.
To ensure the safety of both the children and the animals, participants are kindly requested not
to handle the dogs during the event. However, they are encouraged to sit outside the kennels
and read to the furry residents, who eagerly listen and appreciate the companionship. This
precautionary measure prioritizes the well-being of all involved, making the event a safe and
enjoyable experience for everyone.
The involvement of parents or guardians is crucial during Books N Barks. A parent or guardian
must be present with their child throughout the event. This not only ensures the safety of the
children but also provides an opportunity for families to engage in a shared, meaningful activity
that benefits both the young readers and the shelter animals.
How to Participate
Securing a spot at Books N Barks is easy. Interested families can visit the CARE Humane
Society website at carehumane.org and navigate to the Volunteer tab. From there, they can
access the Books & Barks tab to reserve a spot for themselves and their child. By following this simple process, families can guarantee their participation in this heartwarming event that
promises to create lasting memories for both the children and the shelter animals.
Benefits of Books N Barks:
● Promoting Literacy: Books N Barks encourages a love for reading among children,
fostering literacy skills in a unique and enjoyable setting.
● Animal Companionship: Shelter animals benefit from the soothing presence of young
readers, creating a positive impact on their well-being.
● Community Involvement: The event provides an excellent opportunity for families to
get involved in their local community, supporting a worthy cause.
● Building Empathy: Books N Barks nurtures empathy in children by allowing them to
connect with animals in need and understand the importance of compassion.
Books N Barks at CARE Humane Society is more than just a reading event; it's a bridge
between the world of literature and the hearts of shelter animals. By participating in this
initiative, children and their families contribute to the well-being of these animals while creating
memories that last a lifetime. This monthly gathering serves as a shining example of how a
simple act, like reading to a furry friend, can make a world of difference in the lives of both
children and animals.