See Spot Read is a dog therapy program that benefits children who have difficulty with their confidence when it comes to reading. Dogs are proven to offer a judgment free safe space for students to practice their reading skills. Children read aloud to St. John Ambulance therapy dogs for 10-week sessions and participate in activities designed to boost their enjoyment of using literacy skills.
These sessions are offered for groups of 6 children at the Winnipeg Humane Society as well as the West Kildonan Library. The students spend half of the hour reading and the other half doing a fun literacy-based activity. When they participate at our shelter location, they also get to see what we do at the Winnipeg Humane Society to help animals.
We offer a unique and positive way for students to improve their reading skills, and it has been proven successful year after year. Our goal is that the participants gain confidence as readers, build on their reading skills, and develop an active continuing interest in reading.
In addition, our experience is that this program impacts the students comfort levels around dogs and other animals and creates a humane connection between students and pets. Creating this bond is one of our key strategic goals; “To be a strong voice for the humane and compassionate treatment towards ALL animals (farm, exotics, and domestic pets).” Creating this bond in our program will extend into the students’ everyday lives, creating humane animal advocates and fantastic pet parents for the future.
Groups can register for upcoming sessions by clicking the button below.