Reading Buddies

Reading Buddies

We’re updating the Reading Buddies program! Sign up for Reading Buddies 101, a one-time orientation training, and read to the animals whenever HSC is open.

Reading to our animals helps to lower stress levels, calm and soothe especially fearful animals as well as improve their human-animal interactions by providing them with consistent positive interactions with people. Not only does this increase the chances of our animals being adopted it also boosts the confidence of the readers. Kids who participate will practice reading comprehension and fluency skills.

All Reading Buddies participants must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian at all times.

“Lastly, I just want to thank you for providing this opportunity. My reluctant reader loves doing this and does not complain in the least when I sign him up!”

– Jacqueline, RB parent

Plan your visit:

  • Sign Up Online and select a timeslot
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times

The day of:

  • Check in at the Customer Service Desk located in our main lobby
  • Choose a book (or bring your own) and a cushion
  • When you’re finished fill out an animal report
  • Drop off materials before you leave
  • Please share any concerns about an animal at the Customer Service Desk

Available spots to read:

  • Cat adoptions- rooms and cat towers
  • All rooms are available, but don’t open any individual enclosures
  • Dog adoptions- in front of their suites
  • Please don’t tap on the glass
  • Refrain from sticking fingers under the doors
  • Do not feed the dogs and cats

When you should find a different location:

  • If a dog is barking consistently, jumping, or pacing in their suite
  • If the animal you are reading to is removed for an adoption appointment
  • If a person is already reading to an animal

Other things you can do:

  • Visit the Retail Store and Cat Café

Questions? Reach out to Youth Program Coordinator, Taylor Lunsford at