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.
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.