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Due to the popularity of our Wags & Tales and Purrs & Tales Programs, we have created a new reading program called “Book Pals.”

Children ages 6-15 years are welcome to register for this 3-month reading program, hosted here at the Humane Society of Broward County. Students and their parents may stop by anytime during the allowed “Reading Hours” during their session. Just bring your favorite book and a blanket or pillow to sit on, and your child can practice his/her reading by giving our shelter dogs a little story time.

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Basic Program Information

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Children’s Ages: 6-15 years

Allowed Reading Hours:
Monday and Wednesday: 3:00pm-6:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00am-1:00pm

In order to participate: Child must be registered, supervised each visit, and child and an adult must attend orientation.

Cost: $10 per child/session

What to bring: We kindly request that each child bring a mat, blanket, or pillow to sit on for their own comfort and cleanliness. But, if you don’t want to dirty up your human blankets, you can purchase your own Official Book Pals Reading Blanket for $25.00 (optional). Children MUST bring Book Pals badge to each visit so that staff can identify if they are allowed to be participating.


52” x 47” roll up blanket, made of polyester fleece and water resistant PVC backing.

Sessions throughout the year: There will be four (4) three-month sessions.

Session Dates Orientation Date* Registration Posted
1 Sept. 1, 2017 –  Nov. 30, 2017 August 24, 2017 Open Now
2 Dec. 1 2017 – Feb. 28, 2018 November 16, 2017 Registration Opens Oct 1, 2017
3 Mar. 1, 2018 – May 31, 2018 February 15, 2018 Registration Opens Jan 1, 2018
4 June 1, 2018 – August 31, 2018 May 17, 2018 Registration Opens April 1, 2018

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Important Information

*Parent/Guardian and child must attend designated orientation prior to beginning their Book Pals session. Orientation will go over rules, basic dog body language, and Book Pals name badges will be given out. Reading Blankets will be available for pickup if pre-ordered or purchase at Orientation.
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Book Pals 2017-18: Session 1

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    This program is for children between the ages of 6-15 years
  • I, the undersigned parent or guardian of _________________________(“minor”) hereby consent to the minor participating in the Humane Society of Broward County’s (HSBC) Book Pals program and all of its activities. The undersigned, for himself or herself and on behalf of said minor, does hereby absolutely and unconditionally release, indemnify, hold harmless and forever discharge HSBC, its officers, directors, employees, successors, assigns, agents and volunteers, and each of them, from and against any and all claims, demands, obligations and liabilities of every nature and kind whatsoever, including, without limitation, negligence, occurring during, directly or indirectly resulting from or arising out of minor’s participation in Book Pals. As to matters covered hereby, this release shall extinguish all claims, demands and rights which the undersigned or the minor (and/or each of their heirs, successors, and assigns) has or may ever have against the parties released hereby, or any of them, for injuries, costs or damages to the minor occurring during, directly or indirectly resulting from or arising out of minor’s participation in HSBC’s Book Pals whether such injuries, costs or damages are known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, ascertainable or unascertainable. I, the undersigned parent or guardian of __________________(‘minor”), am responsible for the supervision of said minor during their participation in the Book Pals program and promise to implement all rules set forth as well as observe the designated reading times. Should at any point the behavior of said minor be deemed inappropriate by staff or volunteers, I will immediately remove minor from the shelter.

    For your child's comfort and cleanliness, we ask that you please bring a mat, blanket or pillow to sit on each session. However, you are welcome to purchase an official HSBC Book Pals blanket for $25 here. Blankets that are pre-ordered can be picked up at the orientation or will also be available for purchase at the orientation.
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