Rescue Readers

Sometimes the best audience for a new reader is a doting dog or cat who hangs on every word, whether or not it’s pronounced correctly. The Santa Cruz SPCA launches a new Humane Education program called “Rescue Readers” — which is designed to give young readers a chance to practice and enhance their literacy levels in the comfortable presence of shelter animals or our education dogs, Lupita and Poe. Not only are the children given cute, cuddly, and judgment-free listeners, but the animals enjoy the extra TLC while they wait for their forever homes.

The following are some guidelines for this program:

-This program is for students in grades K through 8th, offered throughout the school year
-Each reading session must be scheduled with our Humane Education Coordinator
-Reading sessions can be scheduled Monday through Friday from 11-6pm
-Individuals and small groups may schedule sessions either at the shelter or we can visit your school
-We will choose the animals that students can read too
-Parents or teachers must stay with their readers
-Readers and animals will be supervised by the Humane education Coordinator 


Teachers, parents, or anyone interested in learning more about the Rescue Readers program or how to schedule a session, can contact Brenna at or (831) 566-3753