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Orange County Animal Services Announces “Book Buddies” Reading Program

Program Invites Students to Read to Shelter Pets

Orange County Animal ServicesOrange County, Fla. – Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) has announced a new program in its repertoire, the “Book Buddies” reading program. The program invites students to visit the shelter to read one-on-one to a homeless shelter pet.

“The beauty of this program is that its beneficial to all who participate,” said Diane Summers, manager for Orange County Animal Services. “The program is fun and engaging for students who are learning to read or enjoy doing so, providing them the opportunity to read directly to pets, and helps socialize and calm the animals, improving their chances of showing well to interested adopters.”

The program just launched and interested participants can schedule a time to visit for reading purposes via the shelter’s website here. Parents are required to attend and supervise their children.

“This type of program is gaining in popularity among shelters and we’re happy to jump on board, as we’re always seeking ways to engage with our community,” said Summers. “I’d like to recognize and thank our Volunteer Coordinator Crystal Kincaid and our kennel team for bringing the program to life and overseeing it.”

Orange County Animal Services is the largest shelter in Central Florida and home to approximately 300 pets at any given time. Those interested in learning more about the shelter and its various other programs can do so on the website here.

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its residents and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world-famous theme parks, one of the nation’s largest convention centers and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners, including the Mayor, who is elected countywide. For more information, please visit or go to Orange County Government’s social media channels.

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