BENEFITING: CANINE ASSISTED THERAPY INC
Georgia's Tale: RESPECT, is a children's story book that is written from the dog's (Georgia) perspective. Georgia tells children how she likes to be interacted with and what frightens her. We hope this story will help children to learn the proper way to interact with dogs which will ultimately lower the number of children who suffer from dog bites each year.
The Future We Are Creating
Canine Assisted Therapy, Inc. (C.A.T.) has seen a need for the development of materials that can be utilized during our Pack Reader and Read-a-thon events with children. Due to a lack of educational materials on how to approach a dog correctly and the appropriate ways to interact with animals and each other C.A.T. has written a book called Georgia’s Tale. This book will be used in one-on-one reading sessions with 1st and 2nd grade students in South Florida. The book also will be used during school Read-a-thons where over a hundred children read to the therapy dogs during one session.
Not only will students come away with knowledge on interacting with dogs, a higher reading level and increased self esteem but they will also go home with the book. By getting the books into the children’s homes for them to share with siblings and parents, we hope to reduce the number of dog-bite injuries and emotional scars affecting children; lower medical costs; provide fewer insurance claims associated with dog bites; and decrease the number of dogs euthanized for biting children who may have unknowingly provoked them.
The sponsorship funds will be used specifically for expenses related to publishing and distributing the book created by Canine Assisted Therapy, Inc. This sponsorship would allow for the creation, layout, design, artwork, proofing, ISBN and copyright and misc. expenses involved in the creation of the book. The message the book will convey is to be kind and responsible to animals but will also instill the notion that they should be kind and show good behavior towards each other. The book will relay an anti-bullying message as well as an educational lesson.
Budget for “Georgia’s Tale”:
Layout, proofing, design: $1,615
ISBN, barcode, e-book formatting costs: $550
Copyright fee: $35
Printing 2,000 books: $2,200