Calgary Humane Society invites you to join us for Read to Your Pet Day. The event is about improving children’s confidence and literacy as well as raising awareness on the positive impact pets can have on children. Reading is not only essential to a child’s success but it also has many benefits for an animal. Reading to an animal can help calm and soothe them, especially during times of stress including in a shelter environment.

To help spread the importance of literacy we are hosting a free public event. Please join us on Saturday July 21, 2018 at Sandy Beach Park where we will be serving delicious snacks and also receive a free book from Calgary Reads. Show your support for an exciting reading initiative! If you can’t join us in person, feel free to share a photo of you reading to your pet using the hastag #readtoyourpetyyc.

Save the Date:

Read to Your Pet Day

Saturday July 21, 2018

10:00AM to 2:00PM

Sandy Beach Park | Site 4

About Read to Your Pet Day

June Wong created Read to Your Pet Day out of a pure passion for animals. Her most recent pet is a sweet half Siamese and half Burman cat that she adopted five years ago from Calgary Humane Society. Reading is another of June’s passions that was fostered by her father who was known to be a voracious reader. On July 18th, 2017 her father suddenly passed away. “I wanted to somehow dedicate something in honor of my dad and at the same time create an awareness for an organization that I feel passionate about,” says June. She continues “I came up with the idea of celebrating my love for animals and my dad’s love for reading into an event called Read to Your Pet Day.”

June has an extensive background in creating fundraising initiatives in Calgary. “In 2010, I was looking for a fundraising activity for Calgary Meals on Wheels and I came across two well-known Hot Chocolate Festivals. Discovering the charitable component in the events immediately sparked my interest.” With support from Janice Curtis and the Calgary Meals on Wheels organization, The YYC Hot Chocolate Festival was officially launched in 2012.  In seven years, the event has evolved into a city-wide festival of hot chocolate and has raised a grand total of $94,262.81 to support Calgarians in need of nutritious meals delivered to their homes.

June envisions Read to Your Pet Day to be “a free ‘pet selfie’ event where Calgarians can brag about their pets and at the same time share their reading interests on a social media platform.” Being the author of partnerships and campaign awareness for Calgary Humane Society, Calgary Reads, and Youth Central was only the start for June. She has her eyes set on the goal of “building literacy skills and reading interest, celebrating the joys and benefits of pet companionship, and bringing awareness of animal adoption and the importance of neutering/spaying pets.”


Make your own oragami cat or dog bookmark!

They are super fun and easy to make and are a cute addition to any book! Click on the images below and print the bookmark template complete with instructions: