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This organization allows kids to read to therapy dogs on Zoom

We give it two paws up!

Written by
Danielle Valente

There's nothing quite like storytime with man's best friend.   

To help kids gain confidence and foster their love of Fido, People Animals Love (PAL) allows children to read to therapy dogs via Zoom, a practice that was once held at libraries and other local establishments. 

"It's such a nice interaction," says James Haworth, the executive director of PAL. "I sometimes pop in [to calls] and oftentimes I see that kids are barely looking up from the book—they're really on a mission!" 

He describes the online experience as somewhat of a virtual conference, an opportunity for a group to come together before going to a breakout room with a pup. 

"Some of the dogs fall asleep, but the kids don't seem to mind!" 

The D.C.-based organization encourages strong bonds between people and pets, and typically schedules visits to hospitals, schools and other locations throughout the community. However, given the times, PAL has taken its efforts online. This means that regardless of location, children throughout the country have participated. 

The virtual experience will continue even when stay-at-home orders lift. Learn more about the program, find a good book and enjoy!  

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