Rescue Readers

Collage of Rescue Readers participants reading to shelter animals

Research shows reading can have a calming effect on shelter 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. 

@animalhumanemn Yay for Rescue Readers! What book would you read to a shelter animal? 📚🐾 #animalsoftiktok #shelteranimals #minnesota #rescue ♬ Aesthetic - Tollan Kim

As a bonus, new readers gain confidence and improve their reading skills. Both adults and children are welcome to become Rescue Readers.

Orientation

Are you new to Rescue Readers? An orientation is required before reading at any of our shelter sites. Orientations discuss the goals of the program and review animal body language as well as important safety precautions.

Orientation sessions can be completed in-person or online. In-person orientations take place at our Golden Valley shelter. Each in-person orientation is one hour in length and includes time to read. The cost is $10 per reader. Virtual orientation sessions cost $5 per reader.

A parent or guardian is expected to be present with underage readers for the entirety of the program. We cannot accommodate non-reader siblings or other non-reader youth at orientations or reading sessions. When registering, register the reader(s) only (adults don't pay unless they plan to be readers, too; and readers of all ages are welcome!). 

To sign up for orientations or regular reading sessions, use the registration button below.

Upcoming orientation dates:

In-person sessions (held in Golden Valley):

  • Saturday, March 30  |  1:30-2:30 PM
  • Sunday, April 21  |  1:30-2:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 27  |  1:30-2:30 PM
  • Sunday, May 19  |  1:30-2:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 25  |  1:30-2:30 PM
  • Sunday, June 9  |  1:30-2:30 PM
  • Saturday, June 22  |  1:30-2:30 PM

Virtual sessions  (link will be emailed to registered participants):

  • Tuesday, March 19  |  6-7 PM
  • Tuesday, April 23  |  6-7 PM
  • Tuesday, May 28  |  6-7 PM

Reading session details

Each non-orientation reading session is one hour in length and costs $10 per session in-person. Sessions are held at all three Animal Humane Society shelter locations. Do not register for a session prior to attending an orientation. Underage readers must be accompanied by an adult for the entirety of the program. Adults need not register themselves unless they plan to read as well.

Golden Valley
  • Saturday, April 13  |  9-10 AM, 10:30-11:30 AM
  • Saturday, April 20  |  1-2 PM, 2:30-3:30 PM
  • Sunday, April 21  |  9-10 AM, 10:30-11:30 AM, 12-1 PM
  • Saturday, April 27  |  9-10 AM, 10:30-11:30 AM, 12-1 PM
  • Sunday, May 11  |  9-10 AM, 10:30-11:30 AM
  • Saturday, May 18  |  1-2 PM, 2:30-3:30 PM
  • Sunday, May 19  |  9-10 AM, 10:30-11:30 AM, 12-1 PM
  • Saturday, May 25  |  9-10 AM, 10:30-11:30 AM, 12-1 PM
  • Saturday, June 8  |  9-10 AM, 10:30-11:30 AM
  • Sunday, June 9  |  9-10 AM, 10:30-11:30 AM, 12-1 PM
  • Saturday, June 15  |  1-2 PM, 2:30-3:30 PM
  • Saturday, June 22  |  9-10 AM, 10:30-11:30 AM, 12-1 PM
  • Looking for more dates? Rescue Readers who have attended Orientation may login to view all available reading sessions.
Woodbury
  • Saturday, March 30  |  10:30-11:30 AM
  • Tuesday, April 23  |  6-7 PM
  • Saturday, April 27  |  10:30-11:30 AM
  • Saturday, May 25  |  10:30-11:30 AM
  • Tuesday, May 28  |  6-7 PM
  • Tuesday, June 25  |  6-7 PM
  • Saturday, June 29 |  10:30-11:30 AM

Looking for more dates? Rescue Readers who have attended Orientation may login to view all available reading sessions.

Coon Rapids
  • Wednesday, April 3  |  6-7 PM
  • Monday, April 29  |  6-7 PM
  • Wednesday, May 15  |  6-7 PM
  • Monday, May 20  |  6-7 PM
  • Monday, June 17  |  6-7 PM
  • Wednesday, June 26  |  6-7 PM

Looking for more dates? Rescue Readers who have attended Orientation may login to view all available reading sessions.

Registration

Prior to registering, please review our education program policies and FAQ for our cancellation policy, behavior guidelines, and more. 

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