McKamey creates reading program to help socialize pets

"Paws to Read" is becoming a popular program at McKamey Animal Center.

Reading a book aloud can be intimidating, but McKamey Animal Center is providing hundreds of eager listeners who don't judge.

They're the pets that fill the shelter.

Whether or not the listeners understood the story, hearing it could be life changing on both sides.

"Paws to Read" is a nationwide program, but started at McKamey Animal Center by former school teacher, Mo Greaney.

"I thought with the facility we have, and amount of animals we have, it could be a good thing to do here as well," says Greaney, now the Adoptions & Fosters Supervisor atMcKamey.

Fifth graders from St. Nicholas School say it can be tough reading aloud to teachers and friends.

"Sometimes, when you read to other people, you may say a word wrong, they try to correct it," says Jackson Ernenz.

The group agrees, reading to a shelter pet is much easier. And as readers become more confident, so do their listeners.

"Animals are not judgmental. They are delighted to have that body there next to them, to hear the voice, to have that interaction is great," says Greaney.

With each passing chapter, pets are one step closer to a forever family.

"Paws to Read" is available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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