About Woofs and Books
Woofs and Books strives to help children and animals through reading.
Woofs and Books promotes 1) childhood literacy with the help of our canine reading buddies, and 2) pet adoption. Regarding the pet adoption program, Woofs and Books will rescue and provide shelter to abandoned and neglected cats, dogs, and rabbits; provide medical care; vaccinate, spay/neuter, and microchip; and place them into loving, forever homes.
Regarding the literacy program, Woofs and Books' volunteers and their canine reading buddies visit elementary schools and libraries surrounding Indianapolis, IN to facilitate reading/literacy sessions with small groups of students and their new, fun, furry friend. Volunteers visit students primarily in Pre-Kindergarten-4th grade at schools in Sheridan, Noblesville, Fishers, Indianapolis, and Greenfield, IN. The libraries are located in Sheridan and New Whiteland, IN.
The reading sessions at the schools and libraries are free, and board members and volunteers are not paid. Donations, grants, and fundraisers fund the programs. (If you are interested in becoming a reading facilitator with your dog or helping at the rescue facility, see our Volunteers page.)
Children who struggle with literacy fluency, lack self-confidence, or have difficulty verbally communicating benefit the most from the sessions. When the child reads aloud to his/her attentive, non-critical, furry audience in a relaxed, fun environment, the child is less stressed, is not afraid to make reading mistakes, and begins to enjoy reading.
Woofs and Books will primarily work with children ranging in age from 4 to 10-years-old. During these reading sessions, the children are not taught how to read; instead, literacy is emphasized.
There is numerous data available detailing the benefits to the child when participating in these reading programs, such as improved:
2. class participation
4. compassion and respect for animals
During the reading sessions, books promoting pet adoption and responsible pet ownership will be selected.
In addition to the child benefiting from the reading sessions, the canine reading buddies become accustomed to new environments, meet new children, obey commands from others, and enjoy having a job.
Woofs and Books is federally tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The facility is located in Noblesville, IN.
Volunteers are always needed and greatly appreciated!