November 1, 2018
By:  SPCA Chief Communications Officer Gina Browning

This month, the SPCA Serving Erie County will begin two new programs for area children.

“Tale For Two” encourages children ages 6 – 15 to read aloud to adoptable animals at the SPCA. Animals will benefit from the increased socialization and reduced stress levels, while children will work on their literacy and reading skills, building their self-esteem and confidence.

For a $40 registration fee, parents/guardians can register children for six-week sessions that take place at the SPCA’s 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca shelter Wednesday evenings, 5:00 pm –
6:00 pm. Children can bring their favorite books to the SPCA or select one at the shelter.

The first Tale for Two session begins Wednesday, November 14. Future Wednesday start dates are December 26 and, in 2019,  February 6, March 20, May 1, June 12, July 24, September 4, October 9, and November 20. A parent or guardian must remain with each registered child.

To register your child, please send an email to SPCA Director of Humane Education Christine Davis at HumaneEducation@yourspca.org.

Also new: due to the popularity of the Summer Camp program, the SPCA has added Vacation Day and School Break Camps to the calendar. All camps are available to children ages 5 – 10, and are held
9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the SPCA’s West Seneca shelter. Before and after care will be available for all camps.

Vacation Day Camps are available for a $50/day registration fee. Monday, November 12 will be the first Vacation Day Camp, themed “All About Cats & Dogs.” Monday, January 21, 2019, Vacation Day Camp will feature an “Animal Advocates” theme.

School Break Camps are available for a $210.00/week registration fee with single-day registration options available. February 18 – 22, 2019 offers a “Critter Camp” theme, and “Animal Adventure Camp” will take place April 22 – 26, 2019.

Registration for all camp sessions is available online only; visit https://yourspca.org/newsevents/camp/ to register children for camp.

More information on Tale for Two is available here. To learn more about Vacation Day/School Break Camps, click here.

PHOTOS, 11/14/18: See photos from our first Tale for Two session here!