Tails for Tales


Tails for Tales

The Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society’s Tails for Tales literacy program is now available to schools, libraries and community centres throughout the Kitchener-Waterloo community. Tails for Tales matches approved canine reading buddies with volunteers to provide canine assisted interactions for children, 4-8 years of age, who are learning to read. Dogs provide an encouraging presence to lessen the stress many children experience when learning letters, sounds and words. Research also suggests dogs help reduce cortisol levels in children and promote oxytocin and serotonin levels, making children more available for learning.

 How does the program work?

Community and school coordinators can book our volunteer/canine teams for a period of 1 – 2 hours at their select locations. Children attend one 15 minute session weekly for a duration of 8 weeks, during which they read to their canine buddy. All we require from participating organizations is a comfortable space such as a reading nook in a library, to ensure the comfort of the children and volunteer/dog teams.

Participating organizations can promote Tails for Tales by including this program on their Volunteer forms. We welcome volunteers ages 18+.

We look forward to partnering with your organization in the months ahead. Together, we can ensure every child in our community receives the support of a canine companion to help them thrive as they develop their literacy skills.

To request the Tails for Tales program at your school, community centre or library, please contact communityprograms@awasco.ca, or call 519-745-5615 x233