Reading to SPCA Animals is Back!
Tale for Two Returns with In-Person and Virtual Options.
October 8, 2020
By: SPCA Chief Communications Officer Gina Lattuca
UPDATE, January 28, 2021: At this time, Tale for Two has reverted to all virtual options as we strive to preserve the health of our guests, staff members, and volunteers. Please keep watching this website or call the SPCA Humane Education Department Director Christine Davis at (716) 875-7360, ext. 262 for any change of status. Thanks, and keep reading!
The SPCA Serving Erie County has brought back its Tale for Two program, encouraging children ages five through 16 to read aloud to adoptable animals at the SPCA. Animals benefit from the increased socialization and reduced stress levels, while children work on their literacy and reading skills, building their self-esteem and confidence.
If registered for in-person reading, one parent and one child can visit the SPCA’s 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca shelter to read aloud to shelter pets. To remain consistent with COVID-related occupancy guidelines, only four child/parent teams will be allowed on the Adoptions floor at any given time, so space is extremely limited.
Virtual reading will take place on a Zoom call; a shelter representative will help the registered child select the animal he or she would like to read to, and the virtual session will conclude with an opportunity for the child to ask the shelter representative questions about the animal or the SPCA.
This year’s reading is available in a three-month package (program cost: $50 for one 30-minute in-person reading session per week, or unlimited 30-minute virtual reading sessions) or an eight-month package (program cost: $85 for one 30-minute in-person reading session per week, or unlimited 30-minute virtual reading sessions October 26 through June 24). In-person shelter opportunities are available Mondays and Wednesdays, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., at the SPCA’s 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca shelter. Virtual reading opportunities are available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Children can read from their own reading materials, or make a selection from the SPCA’s library.
REGISTER NOW to choose your reading pass and to select your desired virtual orientation date. Space is limited. For more information on Tale for Two, please contact SPCA Director of Humane Education Christine Davis at 716-875-7360, ext. 262, or firstname.lastname@example.org .
From the SPCA’s Humane Education Department regarding the safety of your children:
“The SPCA Serving Erie County has and always has had strict cleaning and safety policies in place due to the nature of animal sheltering and the potential for zoonotic disease exposure. During the age of COVID-19, we will follow all CDC guidelines and recommendations, require masks, require social distancing, and will temperature-check and screen for COVID prior to entry. In addition, extensive sanitizing protocols are in place, including sanitizing areas before and after use, to keep our participants and staff safe and healthy while participating in any in-person program.”