Children invited to read to shelter pets Saturday at Jacksonville Humane Society

JHS to be featured in ‘Share Your Love’ episode of PBS series ‘Shelter Me’

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – If your kids are looking for a way to share their love, the Jacksonville Humane Society and nonprofit Petco Love have an idea for you this Saturday.

Let them read to shelter pets!

JHS is joining with Petco Love and 50 animal welfare organizations across the country on Saturday for a “Read and Share Your Love” event to celebrate actress Kristin Chenoweth’s book “What Will I Do with My Love Today?”

The shelter is hosting young animal lovers from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday for an event to practice their reading skills and put their love into action.

Chenoweth’s picture book highlights the “made for each other” adoption of her rescue dog, Thunder, and the need to help others in your community.

The book was donated to JHS for children to read for the event.

Parents of young animal lovers can learn more about the Jacksonville Humane Society’s “Read and Share Your Love” event by visiting Families who come out to read on Saturday will be entered into a drawing to win a free copy of “What Will I Do With My Love Today?” and children will receive free Petco Love T-shirts while supplies last.

In addition to reading to the dogs and cats at JHS, participants will have the opportunity to “share their love” by crafting enrichment items like dog and cat toys for pets at home or the pets in the shelter.

If they cannot attend, parents can join the fun by sharing their child’s own stories about ‘what they did with their love to help pets’ on social media via hashtag #LoveToday. Petco Love will also be giving away autographed copies of Chenoweth’s book on Instagram via @PetcoLove April 21-26 in celebration of National Kids and Pets Day.


JHS is also one of three shelters in the United States selected to be featured in a “Share Your Love”-themed episode of the award-winning national PBS series, Shelter Me.

The crew of Shelter Me will be filming onsite at JHS all day Friday and Saturday.

The shelter said the episode will highlight the integral role JHS plays in the community and the many programs and services it offers to pets and the people who love them.

About the Author:

A Jacksonville native and proud University of North Florida alum, Francine Frazier has been with News4Jax since 2014 after spending nine years at The Florida Times-Union.