Rescue Readers

Rescue Readers

Research shows reading can have a calming effect on animals. Rescue Readers is a one-hour program for all readers, where participants read to the animals in our adoption centers. Readers provide soothing company to dogs, cats, and critters as they await adoption. As a bonus, new readers gain confidence and improve their reading skills. 

Virtual Orientation

Are you new to Rescue Readers? Before you and your child can attend a reading session, you both need to complete an orientation. In orientation, we discuss animal body language and review important safety precautions. Orientation sessions are offered virtually via Zoom and are approximately 35 minutes. The next virtual orientations are scheduled for:

  • Sunday, December 5, 10:30 AM
  • Thursday, December 16, 6 PM

Session details

Each session will begin with a health screening and a brief review of the guidelines and new COVID protocols. The actual reading activity is one hour in length and cost $10 per session. 

Session availability 

Coon Rapids
Date Times
Wednesday, November 17  6 PM
Wednesday, December 8 6 PM
Golden Valley
Date Times
Sunday, December 5 9 AM, 12 PM, 1:30 PM
Thursday, December 9 6 PM
Saturday, December 11 9 AM, 10:30 AM, 12 PM
Wednesday, December 15 6 PM
Saturday, December 18 Sessions full
Date Times
Sunday, November 28 11 AM, 1 PM
Sunday, December 12 11 AM, 1 PM


Prior to registering, please review our updated Humane Education program policies related to COVID-19.

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