IMPORTANT NOTICE: HCLS HiTails Ambassadors has been discontinued in mutual agreement with the Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Center. Children interested in reading to dogs may participate in drop-in DEAR sessions at our Central, East Columbia, and Savage branches this fall.
HiTails Ambassadors was a partnership between Howard County Library System and Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Center that was designed to both help adoption center animals become more adoptable, and nurture empathy and compassion in children. Children, ages 6-15, and parents/guardians received online training to learn about being a HiTails Ambassadors. They then visited the adoption center (accompanied by a parent or adult) to read to animals that are awaiting adoption.
In the news: Library, shelter partnership brings children and pets together for binding experience (Baltimore Sun)