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See Spot Read

Dogs are proven to provide a judgment-free safe space for students to develop confidence in their reading and comprehension skills.

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 WHS Behaviour Assessed Dog Ambassadors 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:

Book See Spot Read for your school

Volunteer

The See Spot Read program is always looking to recruit additional Dog Ambassadors to participate in a fun, meaningful, and rewarding way to give back. Helping children who are struggling with their confidence when it comes to reading through animal interaction is something our Dog Ambassadors are passionate about.

Do you have a dog that you think would be perfect for the job? Apply today and you could have your dog behaviour assessed to determine suitability for the program.

What do we offer?

Our See Spot Read Dog Ambassadors commit a lot of their time to the program through the fall, winter, and spring sessions. We want to be sure they are prepared and rewarded for their efforts.

All See Spot Read Dog Ambassadors receive:

  • Complimentary Behaviour Assessment performed by our Behaviour Team to determine suitability of your dog for this program
  • WHS Dog Leash
  • WHS See Spot Read Dog Ambassador T-Shirt
  • WHS Dog Harness
  • WHS Cinch Bag
  • $100 Honorarium per season upon completion of all sessions throughout the 10-week period
  • Recognition opportunities through the WHS Volunteer Recognition Program

So, join us today by filling out your application form below:

Apply to volunteer with your dog for See Spot Read

*PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, we will be looking to facilitate volunteer interviews over the phone throughout the months of April, May, and June and will then look to secure Dog Behaviour Assessments in the months of June, July, and August. The See Spot Read sessions will begin in the fall of 2020.

 

For more information or should you have any questions about our See Spot Read program, feel free to contact our Education Office at 204-982-2046 or education@winnipeghumanesociety.ca.