Shelter Buddies Reading Program



The AVHS program is for children in grades K-6. There are over 50 readers participating in the program. The Shelter-Buddies Reading Program is currently full. If you would like to submit an application for the waitlist, please email it to We will contact you when space is available. Please check back soon for updates.

  • Children will read to the shelter cats in designated cat colony rooms.

  • Register for the program

  • Apply online with this application and email to or come to the shelter to complete an application form

  • Program hours are limited to:

    Monday – Thursday 10 am – 5 pm

  • Year-round at the AVHS Animal Shelter, 4910 A St SE, Auburn 98092

  • Children will earn prizes from Legendary Donuts and Menchies for every five 30-minute reading sessions.

The program benefits both the animals and the readers. The animals receive human contact in a relaxing, comfortable environment that helps socialize them while the children practice their reading skills. Reading aloud has proven to help kids gain confidence. Their shelter buddies won’t say anything if they make a mistake!

Reading to a pet was tested at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine with wonderful results. Reading fluency improved as much as 30%. 75% of parents reported that their children read aloud more frequently and with greater confidence.

Contact us at 253-249-7849 for more details or email

Special Thanks to our Sponsors for the Shelter Buddies Reading Program:

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Marsha Goodwin

Special thanks to our Reading Incentive Sponsors:

Join us to read to the shelter cats

Join us to read to the shelter cats


We are looking for books to add to our education department.  Would you be willing to donate one?

  • Are You Ready for Me? (Sit! Stay! Read!) Sep 1, 2009 by Claire Buchwald and Amelia Hansen

  • “Let’s Get a Pup!” Said Kate-Jul 14, 2003 by Bob Graham

Any books in good condition that are appropriate for grades K-6.