Clear The Shelters

Tales for Tails: Texas Shelter’s Reading Program Helps Kids and Adoptable Pets Alike

Clear The Shelters

Clear The Shelters

WBRE-TV joins NBCUniversal owned television stations Clear the Shelters™ pet adoption campaign for the entire month of August

WBRE-TV along with animal shelters and rescues from Northeast & Central Pennsylvania will host the popular month-long event in August for local communities’ organizations will offer low cost or waived adoption fees

WBRE-TV today has joined NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear the Shelters™ nationwide pet adoption campaign. Launching August 1st and culminating with Clear The Shelters Day Friday, August 28th, the pet adoption drive will include the participation of local animal shelters/rescues. On August 28, participating organizations will offer low cost or waived pet adoption fees to help families adopt a pet.

Eyewitness News and NBC Universal have partnered to produce a 60-minute special highlighting the importance of finding forever homes for shelter animals. The first half hour of the special NBC’s “Clear The Shelters” will run at 7:00PM will spotlight the amazing adoptive families, unsung heroes who work at the shelters and of course, adorable pets who are being welcomed into new homes.

The second half hour WBRE-TV’s “Finding a Forever Home” at 7:30PM will be hosted by Eyewitness News morning anchors, Chris Langlois and Kelly Byrne and will highlight the efforts here in Northeast and Central Pennsylvania to find homes for animals.

From older dogs to kittens to rabbits to birds, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear The Shelters campaign has inspired local communities to take action and open their homes to pets in need. Since 2015, more than 411,292 pets have been adopted.

For more information, visit ClearTheShelters.com. You can also follow the effort on Twitter @Clear The Shelter, and on social media using the hashtags #ClearTheShelters and #DesocuparLosAlbergues.

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A unique reading program at the DFW Humane Society is helping both young people and shelter pets.

Once a week, school children go to the animal shelter in Irving and read to the four-legged residents. 

The interaction with humans helps calm and socialize the animals, which are in need of adoption.

“They’ll actually sit and lay down and listen to the child read. It’s such a rewarding experience,” said Lisa Barlag, who coordinates the Tales for Tails program.

Reading aloud to the animals also helps students like 17-year-old Maria Miseda. English is her second language.

“It helps me reading when I go back to school. I’ve been much better in reading,” she said.

Miseda says she doesn’t worry about making mistakes when reading to the dogs and cats.

“Animals don’t judge you like humans do,” she said.

Parents say they often notice a change of heart in their children who participate in the program.

“I think when they come here, the position that the animals are in, you know, it softens their heart a little more towards humanity,” said Stacie Jeffries.

Her daughter, Brooklynn, agrees and has a message for other teenagers.

“You may be too cool to read to dogs, but if you do it, if you give it a shot, it actually changes you and your perspective on reading to animals and caring for them,” Brooklyn said.

For more information about the “DFW Humane Society” click here.

For more information about NBC’s upcoming “Clear The Shelters” pet adoption event click here.  

For more information about NBC 5’s “Reading With You” click here.

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