Join our BOOK BUDDIES Program
Book buddies is available to children anytime during our Program Overview:  Children in grades Kindergarten - 8 who are able to read at any level are invited to the shelter to read to the cats in our sanctuary program. The program will help children improve their reading skills while also helping the shelter animals by providing socialization and human interaction.  Cats find the rhythmic sound of a voice very comforting and soothing. According to studies performed by researchers at Tufts University… “Pets can be considered a source of support” “Human-animal interaction can make the learning process more comfortable and enjoyable for children” “Autistic children who were put in contact with an animal demonstrated increased use of language and had improved social interactions while with the animal” They showed “sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well  as improved attitudes toward school” Animals can be a “non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them” Program Rewards Children can complete “book tickets” while participating in the program.  Each ticket will require the child to complete 5 books (length does not matter).  After each ticket is completed, they can begin a new one.  The completed ticket can then be turned in for a prize. WHO:  Kind kids ages 5 - 15 WHERE:  Blind Cat Rescue Shelter,  St Pauls, NC 74 Prairie Lane,  St Pauls, North Carolina 28384 WHEN: Monday - Saturday  noon - 4 pm COST: Free PLEASE NOTE:  One parent/guardian/adult is required to must accompany the child every time they come to read. Closed-toed, rubber soled shoes are required to protect your f eet and give better traction when walking in the shelter. You are welcome to bring a favorite book but we do have a library of books to choose from. Parents,  We do NOT adopt.  We promise you will may come and visit and will NOT be pressured to adopt. Email if you have any questions:  alana@blindcatrescue.com
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Join our BOOK BUDDIES Program
Book buddies is available to children anytime during our regular business hours Program Overview:  Children in grades Kindergarten - 8 who are able to read at any level are invited to the shelter to read to the cats in our sanctuary program. The program will help children improve their reading skills while also helping the shelter animals by providing socialization and human interaction.  Cats find the rhythmic sound of a voice very comforting and soothing. According to studies performed by researchers at Tufts University… “Pets can be considered a source of support” “Human-animal interaction can make the learning process more comfortable and enjoyable for children” “Autistic children who were put in contact with an animal demonstrated increased use of language and had improved social interactions while with the animal” They showed “sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well  as improved attitudes toward school” Animals can be a “non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them” Program Rewards Children can complete “book tickets” while participating in the program.  Each ticket will require the child to complete 5 books (length does not matter).  After each ticket is completed, they can begin a new one.  The completed ticket can then be turned in for a prize. WHO:  Kind kids ages 5 - 15 WHERE:  Blind Cat Rescue Shelter,  St Pauls, NC 74 Prairie Lane,  St Pauls, North Carolina 28384 WHEN: Monday - Saturday  noon - 4 pm COST: Free PLEASE NOTE:  One parent/guardian/adult is required to attend the short training and must accompany the child every time they come to read. Closed-toed, rubber soled shoes are required to protect your feet and give better traction when walking in the shelter. You are welcome to bring a favorite book but we do have a library of books to choose from. Parents,  We do NOT adopt.  We promise you will may come and visit and will NOT be pressured to adopt. Email if you have any questions:  alana@blindcatrescue.com
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