Thank you for your interest in our shelter’s Reading Program! At this time, we run as a pre-registered program with set times/dates of availability. Please take some time to review our Registration Form and answer as many of the questions as you are able. 

We will contact you for an intake interview and to confirm attendance.

If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity please contact Emily Day:

Upcoming Reading Session Dates

Thursday Evenings

Running Time: ONGOING

Thursdays 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Preregistration required

Limited Space Available

 The reading program was designed to help our shelter pets become more adoptable. Reading to the animals helps to bring comfort and reduce the anxiety of shelter pets, and it nurtures empathy in children. Cats and dogs find the rhythmic sound of a voice very comforting and soothing. Research shows reading can have a calming effect on animals.

 Participants sit outside of the animal’s kennel and read to them. Children in grades 1-8 who are able to read at any level are invited to the shelter to read to the animals in our adoption rooms. The program will help children improve their reading skills while also helping the shelter animals by providing socialization and human interaction.  


ADHS will provide books to read and stools/chairs to sit on, but readers may also bring their favorite books from home.


One parent is required to attend the training and must accompany the child every time they come to read. Closed-toed, rubber-soled shoes are required to protect your feet and give better traction when walking through the animal areas.