Nuzzle Buddies


Studies show that reading aloud to pets can increase a child's reading ability and improve their attitude towards reading. Our Nuzzle Buddies program will pair your child with a shelter dog or cat in a comfortable environment. There your child is free to read his or her favorite books in a one-on-one setting. Each Nuzzle Buddy will also document the day’s session: who they read to, the pet’s reaction to story time and any observations they want to include.

This program is only offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3-5pm, after school. It is also offered several Sundays a month from 1-2pm. This program is available to any reading aged child, 7-13 years old. ALL Nuzzle Buddies sessions must be pre-scheduled in advance with the Community Engagement Manager and parents must remain on site and supervise their child for the duration of their reading session.

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Many of our young volunteers read out loud to our pets in our special Nuzzle Buddies Reading Room. Your contribution of only $40 will aid us in purchasing dog beds, blankets and toys to help make the Nuzzle Buddy experience as comfortable as possible for both person and pet.

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