Read to a Dog

COVID-19 UPDATE:

Thank you so much for showing interest in our Humane Education Programs. We are currently conducting our programs with Covid-19 safety protocols in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Read To A Dog

We are not currently offering Read to a Dog due to CDC guidelines.

Kids of all ages, pre-readers to high school students, have the chance to spend quality time sharing the joy of books, reading and dogs.

Benefits of Reading to a Dog

  • Dogs don’t judge, laugh or criticize
  • Dogs allow children to proceed at their own pace
  • Dogs reduce anxiety and are less intimidating than peers
  • Dogs increase interest and motivation in reading
  • Dogs help students gain confidence and self esteem
  • Dogs provide companionship and friendship while learning something new
  • Dogs can help students improve decoding, vocabulary, reading fluency and comprehension skills by making reading relaxing, fun and furry!

LOCATIONS

Central Santa Rosa Library

Saturdays 11am–12pm
211 E Street, Santa Rosa
(707) 545-0831 x 538

Sebastopol Regional Library

Wednesdays 3:30–4:30pm
7140 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol
(707) 823-7691

At your School

We support elementary students in our local public schools by placing certified pet assisted therapy dog teams in classrooms to cultivate a joy of reading that improves their reading skills.

Educators interested in implementing the Read to a Dog Program in your classroom click here.

Dog owners interested in becoming a Humane Society of Sonoma County Animal Assisted Activity* volunteer for the Read to a Dog Program click here.

Dog owners interested in certifying your dog for the Read to a Dog Program click here.

*Animal Assisted Activities Dogs and their handlers must complete a (CGC) test in addition to our therapy dog screening which may include additional training and observation in the therapy setting for therapy specific behaviors.