Rescue Readers

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Read to Adoptable Animals at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

An exciting program for children ages 5 -15 to read aloud to adoptable animals at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League.

In order to participate, readers of all ages must attend an orientation.  A parent/guardian must also be present during all reading sessions and during the required orientation. Each reader must be registered separately. One adult may accompany up to 3 children.

Whether your children are too young to volunteer on campus and looking for service hours, or you’re looking for a new way to engage your kids, reading to shelter animals is a perfect fit. Not only are the children able to develop their reading skills and boost self-esteem in front of a non-judgmental audience, but it also provides valuable socialization and love to the shelter animals.


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Program Details


New Participants:

In order to participate, readers of all ages must attend ONE of the orientation sessions.  A parent/guardian must be present and engaged during all reading sessions and during the required orientation.  One adult may oversee multiple children, but all will be required to stay together in each space. Participants must be at least 5 years old; no sibling tagalongs please.

Orientation Details:

Our orientations are currently full for the year. Our next orientation will be held in January 2024

During this class, participants will…. 

  • Learn about dog and cat behaviors 
  • Learn to recognize signs of stress 
  • Learn to provide a soothing and calming environment for shelter pets 
  • Review supplies, needs, and rules 
  • (note: we will not be reading during this orientation) 

After participants have completed the required training, they will be able to sign up for weekly reading sessions.


Program Details:

Readers may spend up to 1 hour, with the opportunity to rotate between animals. 

Reading times are held on select weeks. Separate sign up is required.

If the program is full, please sign up for the waitlist and you will be notified when more spaces become available.

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