Program lets children read to shelter pets

AIKEN STANDARD FILE PHOTO BY CINDY KUBOVIC Braeden McLendon, a student at Chukker Creek Elementary, reads to Oksana at the Dog Ears Reading Program at the Aiken County Animal Shelter. The program, offered by the Friends of the Animal Shelter in partnership with the Aiken County Library, allows children 5 and older to read to adoptable pets at the shelter along with a FOTAS reading volunteer.

The next Dog Ears Reading Program will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Aiken County Animal Shelter, 333 Wire Road.

The Dog Ears event gives children ages 5 and older an opportunity to practice their reading skills while also helping to socialize shelter dogs and cats.

The Dog Ears Reading Program is offered by Friends of the Animal Shelter in partnership with the Aiken County Library. FOTAS reading volunteers oversee the 20-minute reading sessions.

Due to space limitations, reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 803-514-4313.

The Aiken County Animal Shelter is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

For more information or to view photos and profiles of all dogs and cats available for adoption, visit www.FOTAS.org or call the shelter at 803-642-1537.