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Rescue Readers

Research shows reading can have a calming effect on animals. Rescue Readers — a one-hour reading program where young students come to the shelter and read to the animals in our adoption centers — provides soothing company to dogs, cats, and critters as they await adoption. And as a bonus, students gain confidence and improve their reading skills!

Participants first complete an orientation session where they’ll learn about AHS and the Rescue Readers program. After orientation, they can sign up for scheduled one-hour reading sessions. Readers can choose to spend the entire hour with one animal or divide their time among multiple animals.

Rescue Readers Orientation Dates:

  • Saturday, July 8, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.  FULL
  • Saturday, July 15, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.  FULL
  • Saturday, August 5, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
  • Saturday, August 12, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
  • Saturday, August 26, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

AHS will provide books to read and blankets to sit on, but readers may also bring their favorite books from home. 

Every student will also receive a special Rescue Readers bookmark, reading log, and certificate.

The cost of the Rescue Readers orientation is $15, and each hour-long reading session is $10. Registration covers the cost for one reader and one parent or guardian*. The parent or guardian is expected to be present with their child(ren) for the entirety of the program. This program is for children age 6+ and currently only offered at our Golden Valley location.

*We are unable to accomodate group scheduling at this time.

Rescue Readers dates:

  • Saturday, July 1, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  FULL
  • Saturday, July 22, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  FULL
  • Sunday, July 30, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  FULL
  • Sunday, August 13, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  FULL
  • Saturday, August 19, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, August 27, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.