“Twas The Night Before Christmas…”

“Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house — not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.”

There are many traditional holiday stories read every year — why not invite your community to share those stories with the shelter animals?

Inviting kids to read to shelter animals is a great way to increase foot traffic and build community support. Whether it’s inviting Girl and Boy Scout Troops, or just letting your supporters know readers of all ages are welcome, reading aloud can help children practice their reading skills and helps calm the animals, who are in unfamiliar surroundings. Win-win!

For the holidays, stock up on holiday themed books — you can order used books on Amazon for a couple dollars a piece:

 

Author S.L. Parker has generously donated copies of Henry Says, “Hello” to the Picture Me @ Home campaign. If your shelter would like to be sent a copy, please contact us. (While supplies last).

Learn more about Henry Says, “Hello.”

 

Action Steps:

  • Get your hands on some books! You can hold a book drive and ask supporters to donate books, or pick up a few from a used book store or order used books on Amazon for cheap.
  • Create a flyer inviting readers — to hang in the shelter, at libraries, and day care centers
  • Write a letter to your local Girl/Boy Scout headquarters inviting troops to the shelter
  • Create a sharegraphic to promote reading on your organization’s social media platforms – sample below

Request editable templates for all the items below.

Sample Social Media Sharegraphic (click to enlarge):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photography by Elizabeth Putsche.