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Be Doggone Safe!
The Be Doggone Safe program introduces elementary school students (grades K-5) to the safe and respectful way to meet and interact safely with dogs. With the assistance of temperament approved therapy animals, the program incorporates written, oral, modeling and kinesthetic teaching practices to engage children and facilitate an active learning environment that helps promote safe humane-animal interactions. Programs are conducted in the classroom or school assembly space, are age-appropriate and typically last 45 minutes to 1 hour. Scheduling is on a first-come-first-served basis and may vary seasonally.

The Be Doggone Safe program is offered free of charge but donations are greatly appreciated (for a list of greatly needed donation items, please check our shelter wish list).

Read to Dogs
The Read to the Dogs program utilizes Pet Facilitated Therapy animals to provide a calm and fun learning environment for school aged children in the height of developing their reading skills (typically grades 1-3 but opportunities for higher grades are available). Our therapy animals visit with students in the classroom or resource/library area and provide a patient, understanding and non-judgmental outlet for kids to practice their reading skills. Our therapy animals are a patient and forgiving audience and do not care if students stammer or pronounce words incorrectly. The Read to the Dogs program encourages each student to practice reading freely, openly and confidently.

The Read to the Dogs program is scheduled on a case-by-case basis and is dependent on the schedules of our Pet Facilitated Therapy volunteers. Visits are typically scheduled on an ongoing basis for the duration of the school year. The Read to the Dogs program is offered free of charge but donations are greatly appreciated (for a list of greatly needed donation items, please check our shelter wish list).

To request a Read to the Dogs or a Be Doggone Safe program for your classroom, please call our Humane Education and Outreach team:

Sam Ellingson
Outreach and Strategic Partnerships Coordinator
sellingson@southwesthumane.org
(360) 213.2626 office