Our Literacy Services build confidence and promote a love of reading through the animal-human bond. By enjoying books that have been selected and approved by our Therapeutic Literacy Coordinator, students will learn about respecting companion animals while being encouraged to read.

All participating animals are certified for pet therapy through our Therapets program. Our handlers have completed state-required background clearances.

Reading with Rover

This school-based literacy service targets shy or struggling readers in grades 1-3 who are experiencing reading challenges. Certified therapy animals and handlers visit area schools and work with students who have been recommended by a teacher or reading specialist to participate in Reading with Rover read-aloud sessions. We partner with classroom educators who facilitate the sessions with the volunteers. The Animal Friends Literacy Coordinator also approves and provides humane education books. Reading with Rover provides a supportive and non-judgmental environment where reading is a fun and positive experience. Students also learn about respecting companion animals and the value of humane education.

Please note that Reading with Rover is a school-based program only and does not take place at Animal Friends.

PALS

Pet-Assisted Literacy Services in Parks, After school, Libraries, Story-time

Readers of all ages and ability levels can participate in Therapets Literacy activities through PALS programs. These events and programs are less formal than Reading with Rover and take place outside of the classroom at a library, community event, summer camp, local business or even on-site at Animal Friends. PALS events feature an opportunity to meet a certified literacy animal and participate in a literacy activity, such as listening to an animal-themed story at a library or reading aloud to an animal at a literacy event like Summer Reading Extravaganza at Carnegie Library. For a listing of area PALS events, please contact the Therapeutic Literacy Coordinator at Animal Friends.

Please note that for both Reading with Rover and PALS, all participating animals are certified for pet therapy through our Therapets program. Handlers have completed all state-required background clearances

Animal Friends’ literacy programs build confidence and promote a love of reading through the animal-human bond. For more information about Reading with Rover and PALS, please contact our Therapeutic Literacy Coordinator.

Contact Us!

Leslie Wessner
Therapeutic Literacy Coordinator
LWessner@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org | 412.847.7042