Adopt a "Study Buddy" at Broward County Animal Care and Adoption
- Reading to pets helps to improve reading levels and student confidence -
DATE: August 13, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Mendheim, Animal Care and Adoption
PHONE: 954-359-1010

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. -- It's back to school time and Broward County Animal Care and Adoption encourages students to adopt a pet and grab a good book during the back-to-school "Study Buddy" promotion, August 17-31, at Animal Care and Adoption, 1870 S.W. 39 St., Fort Lauderdale.

Recent numerous studies have shown that pets can actually help children learn to read. One study, conducted by the University of California, Davis, confirmed that students who read to their dog do better in school and increase their reading scores.

“Pets are very forgiving and enjoy the attention that comes from a child spending time with them,” said Lisa Mendheim, public education coordinator, Broward County Animal Care. “In turn, since pets are non-judgmental, children are not embarrassed if they make a mistake or stumble over a word. This helps to build confidence in the student, which eventually leads to reading success.”

In addition to a furry “Study Buddy,” students who adopt a pet and show proper ID will receive numerous gifts and coupons, during the promotion, including:

• Pencils and other fun gifts
• Coupon for a free pretzel from Auntie Anne’s
• List of pet-related books and movies for students of all ages to check out from the Broward County Library to enjoy
• Savings coupons from Pet Supermarket for supplies and food 

All Broward County schools – both public and private – are eligible to participate.

Broward County’s Animal Care and Adoption is dedicated to providing shelter for lost and surrendered animals as well as the successful adoption of homeless pets. The agency also coordinates the registration of dogs and cats and provides rabies vaccinations to encourage a healthier pet population.

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