Children read to cats at Petco Love’s “Read and Share Your Love” event

Children read Tony and Emmy award-winning actress and performer Kristin Chenoweth’s new book ‘What Will I Do With My Love Today’ to shelter pets at the April 2 national event3

In advance of National Children and Pets Day, Non-profit Petco Love brings kids across the country together to share their love for shelter pets, reading Kristin Chenoweth’s inspirational book “What will I do with my love todayThe Animal Rescue League of Berks County (ARL) has joined Petco Love, the Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and performer Chenoweth, and 50 animal welfare organizations across the country for this “Read and share your love“, welcoming little animal lovers to their shelter on Saturday, April 23, 2022. The events allowed children to practice their reading skills and put their love into action, raising awareness to save animal lives through l adoption, kindness and volunteering.

Chenoweth’s new tale, perfect for kids ages four to eight, celebrates the power of kindness and pet adoption. The inspiring book shines a light on the ‘made for each other’ adoption of Chenoweth rescue dog, Thunder. A strong advocate for pet adoption, his message that “extra love in your heart and home is waiting for someone who is all alonealigns perfectly with Petco Love’s goal of harnessing the power of love to propel pet adoption into the national spotlight. The book advocates, “adoption means family, and family is forever.

ARL is proud to be part of this national effort to encourage children to read and share their love with our pets,” commented Alexis Pagoulatos, CEO of the Berks County Animal Rescue League. “In 2013, we created the Book Buddies program at the ARL, which allowed children to read to the cats in our care. The cats provide an uncritical, enthusiastic audience as they are soothed by the rhythmic sounds of children reading books. stories. We’re excited to start bringing this program back as we reopen after the pandemic.”

In addition to adopting pets, the theme of Chenoweth’s first picture book is to help others in your community. In keeping with this theme, the book by Tommy Nelson, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, was donated to 50 participating animal welfare organizations by Petco Love and the publisher. Studies show that reading books to dogs and cats in the shelter helps calm and socialize pets and increases their chances of adoption.1 It is also proven to help children gain confidence in reading aloud, as animals are non-judgmental listeners. 2

Susanne Kogut, president of Petco Love, offered “Seeing the relationship between a child and a pet is magical, it’s pure love. I hope Kristin’s message ‘What am I going to do with my love today?’ inspires children and families to put their love into action for pets in need nationwide Bringing pets and kids together will make the world a better place because pets are a positive influence on a physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of the child. 3 It is a mutually beneficial and unconditional friendship.

During the event, children had the opportunity to create feather toys for the cats they were reading to. To learn more about the Berks County Animal Rescue League, visit berksarl.org/