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Register for Waggin' Tales Reading Program training at Open Arms Animal Rescue!

Preregistration required: Limited space available.

The Waggin' Tales Reading Program was designed to help our shelter dogs become more adoptable. Reading to the dogs helps to bring comfort to and reduce the anxiety of shelter pets, and it nurtures empathy in children. Participants sit outside of the dog's kennel and read to them.

Reading helps shy dogs learn to relax around people and teaches high energy dogs that calm behavior is desirable. When children tell stories to the dogs, it also helps them develop their own reading skills!

WHO: Kids ages 6 - 15

WHERE: Open Arms Animal Rescue - 405 Elm St, Valparaiso, IN 46383

WHEN: Click the drop-down menu below for dates!

COST: $5 per child

PLEASE NOTE: One parent is required to attend the 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 through the animal wings.

You are welcome to bring a favorite book but we do have a library of animal-themed books to choose from.

You only need to attend ONE 90 minute training session, then you will be given a schedule of available reading hours. You can come read for as little or as long as you'd like during designated hours, available seven days a week.

Cancellations: Please notify us via email or phone at 219-465-9332 at least one week prior to your scheduled session if you need to cancel or reschedule. You can be added to an upcoming open session. Due to high demand, we are unable to accommodate changes within seven days of a scheduled session.

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