As Fireworks Boomed, Volunteers Read Books To Animal Shelter Cats And Dogs

July 6, 2022

While the fireworks were booming across Escambia County for Independence Day, the canines and felines at the Escambia County Animal Shelter were enjoying the company of volunteers and a good book.

The 2022 Tales for Tails event saw volunteers spend Monday night reading or just chatting with the dogs and puppies and cats and kittens who were comforted by a good story. Or just hearing someone that took the night to talk to them, show them that they care.

They were not alone as the sky booms echoed. They were not afraid. They were brave, thanks to their friends.

The words didn’t necessarily matter, but a “good boy” or “good girl”…wow, that means the world to a shelter resident.

Tails wagged in the doggie kennel, and there were more than a few purrs in the shelter’s Catnip Café.  It was good for the animals, whether they were of the cat, dog or human species. You could tell by the smiles; it was a great way for animal lovers to celebrate the night of the Fourth. If you looked, you could see the smiles on doggie and kitty faces too.

And then there was Mallory McIver. She captured the night with her drawings  of sweet resident pups.

Drawings that may become the cover of the next storybook as the shelter animals become part of someone’s family. It’s next chapter in this tale for tails that all hope to hear.

Photos courtesy Friends of the Escambia County Animal Shelter for, click to enlarge.


5 Responses to “As Fireworks Boomed, Volunteers Read Books To Animal Shelter Cats And Dogs”

  1. Tom Winters on July 6th, 2022 11:49 pm

    This is such an awesome story. We did a similar thing with the dogs and cats here in Pittsburgh PA at Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh. The dogs and cats certainly appreciated it and the volunteers enjoyed the experience too.

  2. Janet on July 6th, 2022 9:21 pm

    My 86 yo mothers pug (collapsed trachea) hyperventilated once the fireworks started
    Eventhough he had been given a pill to calm him. My mom watched him trying to catch his breath for 3! Hours before he died. They do not have a local vet and she hates “bothering people.”. What a terrible way to die. I know my mom did wrong,
    Just mentioned this because the worse does happen.

  3. Susie on July 6th, 2022 7:58 pm

    That was a very, very thoughtful thing to do. The dogs and cats sweet little ears would most definitely rather hear a good story. Thank you Animal Lovers!

  4. PatriotFan14 on July 6th, 2022 1:14 pm

    SueB, Maybe you should move to Massachusetts, fireworks are completely banned there…give your dog some medicine and they’ll be fine.

  5. SueB on July 6th, 2022 8:14 am

    FIREWORKS should be banned in the State of Florida.

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