Paws For Literacy Helps Children and Pets

UPDATE, 8/31/15: Program times have changed to 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM, please download the flyer for more information.

On Thursday, July 2, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay launched an exciting new program to help promote literacy while comforting homeless pets. The Paws for Literacy Program teams up children, ages 8-12, with a homeless pet so that they can practice reading out loud to a safe audience. Their new furry friends are receptive, attentive and non-judgemental as the children work on their reading skills. And, they love the extra attention and enrichment they receive from the young scholars!

The program is managed by our Volunteer Manager and a committee of HSTB supporters, and supervised by literacy-trained volunteers who are experienced in helping reluctant readers gain confidence. Paws for Literacy sessions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 1:00pm and 6:00pm. As an incentive to complete the program, children receive a T-shirt and prizes as they progress.

Parents can sign their children up for this program by completing the fillable/downloadable application found HERE and emailing it to or faxing it to 813.876.0765.

The Paws for Literacy Program is generously funded by RBC Wealth Management, Tampa.

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From the ASPCA

Each year the United States House of Representatives takes up the Agriculture Appropriations Bill – the annual spending bill for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA is the branch of the Federal Government that handles animal related issues. We are building support for an amendment to that appropriations bill to renew a prohibition on funding for USDA inspections of horse slaughter plants. This “Defund Amendment,” in effect, keeps horse slaughter plants from opening in this country until we can pass the SAFE Act. DOWNLOAD HORSE SLAUGHTER DEFUND FACT SHEET

How You Can Help
Send a letter to Congressman Jolly using this link: One of the most important factors in decision-making for legislators is knowing that stake holders in their districts feel a certain way about an issue. Additionally, placing a call to his Washington, DC office at (202) 225-5961 just letting the staff know that you urge Congressman Jolly to vote YES on the Defund Amendment when it is offered in the Appropriations Committee. If you have a Facebook page, please also urge your friends to make a call, too!

Information on Horse Slaughter
There are many myths widely believed about horse slaughter: that it would stimulate the economy, if slaughterhouses were reopened in the U.S. better conditions could be regulated, and that slaughterhouses are necessary to the management of equine overpopulation. These facilities pollute local water, decrease property values, and damage the environment. It is revealing that states such as Texas and Illinois, where slaughterhouses once existed, now have implemented laws specifically banning selling, giving and possessing horse meat intended for human consumption. Furthermore, there is no way to create better slaughtering conditions for these animals. Due to their unique build and strong “flight” reflex, horses are much more difficult to render unconscious than, for example, a cow. That means the majority of horses proceeding to dismemberment are still conscious and forced to experience a slow and excruciating death. In addition, these horses are forced to experience hours of cramped transportation for days at a time without water or proper care before reaching the slaughterhouse. Contrary to the myth that slaughterhouses are necessary to manage equine overpopulation, responsible breeding and ownership practices can provide a complete solution for the U.S. horses going to slaughter each year. DOWNLOAD MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT HORSE SLAUGHTER

We’re expecting this vote to come up very soon- potentially by next Wednesday (June 24, 2015). Getting a letter into his office could be very influential on how he votes. We are not sure if he will vote to sustain the prohibition on USDA funding of horse slaughter plant inspections again this year, and we are looking for all of the help that we can churn up before he makes his decision.

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