Happy Tails

Promoting Literacy and Animal Welfare

Oak Tree Animals’ Charity are championing local children’s reading skills with their brand new programme ‘Happy Tails’ which gives children the chance to develop their reading skills and confidence by reading to animals at Oak Tree. They also give the animals at Oak Tree the opportunity to get used to the presence of children in a non-threatening way without directs hands-on interaction, improving their confidence and giving a better chance of finding loving new homes.

Interaction with animals is so important for some children, it really brings out the best in them. Pets can make very good listeners. They don’t judge us and are always there with a furry ear. This programme allows us to help develop literacy skills in young people but also support and socialise the animals in our care, providing amazing opportunities for them to develop confidence around young people, helping them find new homes. It really is a win-win programme for both children and animals.

Oak Tree hosts Speaking to Animals events during school holidays, which are kids’ fun days packed with games, crafts and opportunities to meet and interact with the animals at Oak Tree, they also now feature ‘Happy Tales’ reading to animals. 

Teachers can also use this great new opportunity by bringing groups down to Oak Tree Farm where our animals can lend a listening furry ear. This could be children who may be struggling with their reading, or simply groups of animal lovers!

If you are a teacher wanting to organise a Happy Tails session, or a parent wanting to book your child onto a Speaking to Animals event, we can’t wait to hear from you!

Please email community@oaktreeanimals.org.uk or telephone 01228 560082 for more information or to book a session. 

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