IMPORTANT NOTICE: HCLS HiTails Ambassadors has been temporarily paused due to the emergency housing of animals from a recently closed private animal shelter at the HC Animal Control and Adoption Center.
IN THE NEWS: Library, shelter partnership brings children and pets together for binding experience (Baltimore Sun)
HiTails Ambassadors is a 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 receive online training 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.
Online training includes 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
Please fill out this interest form to be notified of upcoming HiTails opportunities: HiTails Ambassadors Program Interest
For more information, contact HiTails@hclibrary.org