So the idea went from thought to reality pretty quickly. The sanctuary implemented reading days earlier this month, and plans to hold them every Wednesday.
And people were pretty excited to go to the first reading day. "My kiddos have a pile of books ready which they think the animals will like," one commenter wrote when the sanctuary announced plans to start the program.
"Over 100 animals call the sanctuary home, and many of them need to have their trust in humans rebuilt," Leslie explained. "We have had a lot of great successes with these types of animals in just taking things slowly and having a volunteer simply sit in their enclosure reading either to themselves or aloud."