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HiTails Ambassadors is a new partnership between Howard County Library System and Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Center that is designed to both help adoption center animals become more adoptable, and nurture empathy and compassion in children. Children, ages 6-15, and parents/guardians will first attend a brief training session to learn about being a HiTails Ambassadors. They will then visit the adoption center (accompanied by a parent or adult) to read to animals that are awaiting adoption. Participants will choose a book from a selection of books onsite selected by HCLS staff.
Information/training sessions will include basic instructions about what to do and say when visiting the animal adoption center. Key principles of CHOOSE CIVILITY will be incorporated in the training, including:
- Being A Considerate Guest
- Pay Attention
- Acknowledging Others
- Take Responsibility
Once training is complete, HiTails Ambassadors will receive a special pin to wear during their visit to the adoption center. A year-end celebration in the spring will acknowledge those who participated in the program.
Update: This program is currently full, however future training sessions will begin again in the Spring. Please fill out the interest form below to be notified of upcoming HiTails opportunities.
For more information, contact HiTails@hclibrary.org