DALLAS – December 15, 2017 - The Texas Humane Legislation Network today announced it will be donating “humane libraries” this holiday season to 10 Dallas Independent School District elementary schools.
At a “Humane Library” dedication this morning at Dorsey Elementary School, THLN Board President Shelby Bobosky said her organization worked with DISD to identify underserved schools that generally had smaller libraries. The goal behind these libraries is to teach children about the humane treatment of animals.
“There is a well-documented link between childhood cruelty to animals and violent behavior as an adult,” said Bobosky. “Our hope is that humane treatment will lead to the development of empathy, which we know can be taught at a young age.”
Bobosky added that pet adoption rates can tend to be higher around the holidays, when children tend to ask for puppies and kittens. “We hope these books will help children of all ages learn that pets are forever, and the responsibilities of pet ownership are great.”
The 10 elementary school library recipients are: William Anderson, John Ireland, Edward Titche, John Runyon, JQ Adams, AW Blanton, Julius Dorsey, William A. Blair, Richard Lagow, and Nancy Moseley.
THLN Executive Director Laura Donahue said the DISD donation of “humane libraries” is serving as a pilot program that could be expanded to other Texas cities and elementary schools in the future.
Book titles that are part of the humane library collections include “Are You Ready for Me?” and "The Forgotten Rabbit", books about pet ownership and its responsibilities, and “Buddy Unchained,” about a severely neglected dog who lives his life on a chain. The organization is delivering dozens of books to each of the 10 schools, and each collection contains a mix of picture books for younger children and chapter books and nonfiction books for older children.
“These libraries are intended to share stories about how to treat animals—don’t pull tails or tease, that sort of thing—but they also teach much more important life lessons about bullying, humanity, and our interconnectedness with all creatures,” Donahue added.
Confirmed attendees for the humane library dedication include: Daniel Clayton, chief of staff for Rep. Toni Rose; DISD Trustee Jaime Resendez; and THLN board president Shelby Bobosky and executive director Laura Donahue.
The Texas Humane Legislation Network endorses the following books to help teach children about the humane treatment of animals. There is a well-documented link between childhood cruelty to animals and violent behavior as an adult and our hope is that humane treatment will lead to the development of empathy, which we know can be taught at a young age. These books are a great gift for elementary school children in your life.