Pawsitive Reading

What is Pawsitive Reading?

Pawsitive Reading – a program in which children visit the shelter to read to the pets – is designed to provide enrichment for kids, dogs, and cats. Believe it or not, just listening to a person reading out loud has been proven to lower stress levels in animals! Pawsitive Reading is also a great way for kids to work on their literacy skills in safe, fun environment.

Generously sponsored by:

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In order to join the Pawsitive Reading program, children AND at least one parent/guardian must first attend a one-time Pawsitive Reading orientation. We offer several orientations each month. Upcoming orientation dates and sign-up links are below. Advance registration is required.

Please note that masks are required inside JHS at this time.

December 2021 Pawsitive Reading Orientations:

Wednesday, December 8, at 5:00pm – This orientation is full. 

Tuesday, December 14, at 5:00pm – This orientation is full. 

Wednesday, December 22, at 5:00pm – This orientation is full.

Wednesday, December 29, at 5:00pm – This orientation is full.

December orientations full? We’ll post January orientation dates at the end of December!

Orientations will take place in either the JHS Education Center or Conference Room (both are located upstairs, above the Adoption Center). Our address is 8464 Beach Blvd. Please arrive on time. The orientation will be around 40 minutes in length.

After attending an orientation, children and an adult chaperone may come to JHS to read to the animals anytime our Adoption Center is open (12pm-7pm on weekdays, 10am-5pm on weekends). Participants 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 may bring their reading materials or borrow books from our Pawsitive Reading library.

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. Pawsitive Readers must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or other adult chaperone while volunteering at JHS.

How does Pawsitive Reading help the animals?

Studies have shown that listening to a person reading out loud lowers stress levels in animals and helps them feel more relaxed! How cool is that? Shelters can be scary, stressful places for many pets, so here at JHS we try to do everything we can to help the dogs and cats feel as calm and happy as possible while they’re with us. Pawsitive Reading is a big part of that!

Pawsitive Reading also helps our animals feel more comfortable and confident around people. This will eventually help them in their new homes or around potential adopters!

How does Pawsitive Reading help youth readers?

This program also benefits the children involved, as it allows them to practice their reading while in a safe and fun environment. Reading out loud to our dogs and cats can boost kids’ literacy skills, as many children feel much more comfortable reading out loud to animals (as opposed to a teacher, parent, etc.).

Pawsitive Reading is also a wonderful way for kids to get involved in their community and help homeless animals in need.

Can my child earn community service hours through Pawsitive Reading?

Yes! Many of our current Pawsitive Readers joined the program to earn volunteer hours for school or other programs. We track all of our readers’ reading hours and are happy to verify service when needed.

For more information, contact the Education Department:

Email: [email protected] • Phone: 904.493.4588