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Kids, cats and dogs all embraced into reading

Reading to Animals allows kids to visit with shelter residents and makes reading more fun.
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Clifton Gietz was one of the first ones to come in and visit with cats during the Estevan Public Library and Estevan Humane Society’s joint Reading to Animals event.

ESTEVAN - The Estevan Public Library invited their patrons to come out to the Estevan Humane Society for their Reading to Animals event on April 21.

Curated by Alyssa Vacca, the library's children's program co-ordinator, this monthly project has been running since last December, incentivizing kids to read in a more exciting and fun setting, and allowing shelter animals to have some great visitations.

"I saw a picture on Facebook of kids reading to shelter dogs. And I thought it was a good idea, so I contacted the humane society to see if they wanted to collaborate. And they did," Vacca explained on how the program came to being.

"Most of the kids don't read to the animals, which is fine. It just gives them that interaction."

Clifton Gietz came in early to visit with the cats last Thursday, and some of the felines would lay on his lap while he would read to them. Later they got into playing, enjoying their time together. So did several other kids that stopped by to enlighten their furry friends and have some fun.

The next Reading to Animals will take place on May 12 at the Estevan Humane Society from 4-5:30 p.m.

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