Pawsitive Reading

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Pawsitive Reading – a program in which children visit the shelter to read to the animals – is designed to provide enrichment for kids, dogs, and cats.

How to participate:

A brief, one-time info session for parents and children is required prior to the first reading session.

Due to the popularity of Pawsitive Reading, interested families must now register in advance for an info session so that we can accommodate everyone and ensure attendees receive all the necessary information. You can sign up using the links next to the dates below.

The info session schedule for September and October 2018 is as follows:

Info sessions will take place in either the JHS Multipurpose or Conference Room (both are located upstairs, above the Adoption Center). Please arrive on time.

After attending an info session, children may participate in Pawsitive Reading anytime our Adoption Center is open (12pm-7pm on weekdays, 10am-5pm on weekends). Participants will be given reading logs and must sign in and out at the front desk when visiting JHS to read.

To ensure that our animals benefit from the program, we ask that readers spend at least 30 minutes reading – there is no maximum time limit.

Children may read to either dogs or cats and should bring their own books or reading materials.

Participants will receive a free book courtesy of The Jim Moran Foundation while supplies are available.

Who can participate:

Children of all ages can participate in Pawsitive Reading. Parents/guardians MUST attend and stay with their child throughout the reading session.

How the Pawsitive Reading Program helps the animals:

This kind of interaction with the animals is the highlight of the animals’ day. It makes their confidence levels sky rocket and helps them be more comfortable around people. This will eventually help them in their new homes or around potential adopters! These kinds of interactions also lower the stress levels of the animals, which helps them feel more comfortable in the shelter.

How the Pawsitive Reading Program helps youth readers:

This program also benefits the children involved, as it allows them to practice their reading while in a safe and fun environment. This helps to make the children feel like their homework isn’t really homework! It gives them more practice, so that they can gain confidence in their ability to read aloud. The readers also will benefit from the incredible feeling of helping and spending time with an animal in need.

If you have any questions, please contact our Humane Education department at 904-493-4573 or email us at