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Coronavirus Is Turning Pets into Classmates

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), of the world’s 1.5…

  • October 10, 2020

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), of the world’s 1.5 billion pre-primary to secondary students, only one in three will attend school in classrooms this fall.

One billion students, two-thirds of the global student population, face either school closures or uncertainty.

As many parents continue to work from home, they are also helping their children learn virtually.

Pet Partners, an organization registering therapy animals for animal-assisted interventions, along with animal health company Elanco, know that one member of the family can help ease this burden: the pet.

Through a new initiative, We Are All Ears, a Worldwide Read with Pets Project, Pet Partners and Elanco are encouraging families and children to read to their pets, as reading to an animal can significantly impact student reading rates.

Tips on successfully reading to your pet

Set up a comfortable spot for the reader and pet to sit.

Make sure the reader will be able to show the pet pictures from the book.

Pets can get distracted, so have a favorite pet toy on hand to keep the pet engaged if needed.

Encourage your child to pause and pet your animal to keep them settled down and comfortable during the reading session.

Reward your pet for their good listening behavior with a treat at the end of the reading session!

Share photos and videos online using #WeAreAllEars and #PetPartners