Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home launches story-writing competition for children

18/09/2019

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home is inviting budding young writers to share a story with the dogs in our care as they wait for their new family.

We are looking for short stories to share with our furry friends. ‘Tell Your Tail’ tasks primary school aged children to write a short story (100-200 words) on any topic of their choosing and submit it to Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home. A panel of judges will choose a winning ‘Tail’ each month and the author will be invited to Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home so we can record them reading it. This recording will then be played through the sound system installed in our rehoming kennels, as a special bedtime story, to help the dogs relax and become accustomed to multiple human voices while they wait for their new forever home.

Animal welfare is our top priority at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home. Kennels can be a noisy and very busy environment, and human interaction is a key part of our work enriching the dog’s lives. Evidence suggests that reading to dogs can help reduce their stress and anxiety levels while further studies show that reading to dogs could help increase literacy levels in children.

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home’s Education Officer, Daniel Tipping, said:

“We see Tell Your Tail as a great way to connect young people to the animals in our care, provide a fun challenge for young writers, and enhance even further the enrichment we provide.

“Our sound system has been of enormous benefit to our dogs – and we hope to expand this to our cats in time. There’s great research showing some genres of music can be very calming to animals, and we’re excited to add some local storytellers to the mix too.”

Entries are now open to young people across Scotland, and can be submitted by emailing education@edch.org.uk or posting the story to:

Tell Your Tail

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home

26 Seafield Road East

Edinburgh EH15 1EH

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