Additional Volunteer Options
Reading Education Assistance Dogs® (R.E.A.D.)
Do you and your pet enjoy spending time with children? Then the Reading Education Assistance Dogs program may be of interest to you. After becoming a certified Pets for Life therapy team, you can pursue the R.E.A.D. certification so you and your pet can help young readers in schools, aftercare programs, treatment facilities and libraries in greater Kansas City and surrounding areas.
R.E.A.D. visits are not limited to schools or school hours. We need R.E.A.D. teams on weekdays, weekends, daytime and evening hours.
R.E.A.D visits are not limited to dogs. Any certified pet therapy team is qualified.
Yes, we need you!!
Intermountain Therapy Animals Organization is responsible for R.E.A.D. Certifications. Here is a little more about their organization.
The mission of the R.E.A.D. program is to improve the literacy skills of children through the assistance of registered therapy teams as literacy mentors.
The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program improves children's reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to an animal. But not just any animal. R.E.A.D. companions are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner/handlers as a team, going to schools, libraries and many other settings as reading companions for children.
R.E.A.D. is the first and foremost program that utilizes therapy animals to help kids improve their reading and communication skills and also teaches them to love books and reading.
Ready to start the certification process?
Step 1: Click here to let us know that you are pursuing your certification so we can start preparing for your shadow visit and your Pets for Life R.E.A.D. workshop..
Step 2: Click here to visit the Intermountain Therapy Animal website and start the certification process.
Step 3: Click here to let us know you completed your R.E.A.D. certification so we can finalize your shadow visit and workshop date.
Step 4: Start volunteering because the kids are waiting!!