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Bronx boy named ASPCA Kid of the Year – Bronx Times


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Each year, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) honors animal heroes who have gone beyond their traditional roles to help humans, as well as people who are making significant strides in improving well- be animals.

At this year’s Virtual Humane Awards on October 13, Bronx resident Evan Bisnauth will be honored as ASPCA Child of the Year 2021, awarded to a child who has made a unique and impactful commitment to favor of animal welfare. The virtual ceremony will be hosted by NBC News presenter Chuck Scarborough.

Evan, 11, of Clason Point, has a busy life in the Bronx, but that doesn’t deter him from his main passion: helping socialize adoptable dogs by reading to them regularly. At the start of the pandemic, when he couldn’t get into shelters, Evan began creating fun animations of local adoptable dogs to help them gain attention and ultimately be placed in safe, loving homes.

Despite his young age, Evan is considered wise beyond his years and has a deep empathy for these dogs. He would like to educate other kids about the benefits shelter pet reading can have – for pets and people – and share his story to get them involved.

Since August 2019, Evan has been a junior volunteer in the Books with Boroughbreds program at the NYC Animal Care Center. The Manhattan Animal Care Center is located at 326 E. 110th St.

“Books with Boroughbreds” started in 2018 and offers children ages 5 and over to read to the establishment’s dogs. Some of the young people participate individually, while others are part of organizations such as school classes or a Girl Scout troop.

Evan, who reads to the dogs at the center every weekend, said his passion for man’s best friend started when he was a toddler. He grew up surrounded by three dogs and today his pitbull Milo is his right hand.

“I’ve always wanted to work with animals and dogs,” he said. “I think they need the help the most.”

Since joining the reading group he has become a better reader and the dogs are more relaxed. Evan noted that sometimes it takes 30 minutes of reading before a dog calms down. Having his own pit bull at home, he is comfortable with all types of dogs in the facility.

“It takes a lot of patience and time if you work with a very tough dog and they are really scared,” Evan said.

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