We recently visited Prestbury Library for the launch of our new initiative ‘Paws for Reading’; a partnership between the Shelter & Prestbury Library which allows children with low reading confidence the opportunity to improve with a reading assistance pet. The children read out loud to animals instead of teachers or parents, which allows the freedom to relax and enjoy the experience without the pressures of expectation.
Next month we will be arranging for a few children to pay a visit to the Shelter to meet some of our animals, and they will sit and read to the cats in our rehoming block. It will be great for the cats to be close to young people and get used to them, as much as it will benefit the children with their reading skills and confidence.
We hope this is the beginning of a long and successful relationship with the library, and look forward to seeing the children and hearing them read again soon.