Rescue Readers

A reluctant reader plus a loving animal can be a powerful combination for both the reader and the animal.

Sometimes the ideal audience for a new reader is a doting dog or cat who hangs on every word, whether or not it’s pronounced correctly. To facilitate these connections, the Santa Cruz SPCA offers Rescue Readers, a program designed to give young readers a chance to practice and enhance their literacy in the comfortable presence of shelter animals. These cute, cuddly, judgment-free listeners enjoy the extra TLC while they wait for their forever homes.

Rescue Readers are available Thursdays each month (excluding some holidays) from 3:30-4:00 pm September through May, for individuals or one group of up to 10 youth.

Shelter Location

2601 Chanticleer Ave.

Santa Cruz, CA 95065

(P) 831-465-5000 (F) 831-479-8530


Hours of Operation

Mon & Tues - CLOSED

Animal Browsing Wed to Sun 11am - 5pm

*PET FOOD PANTRY - Sundays 1:00pm - 3:00pm

The Santa Cruz SPCA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of animals. We receive no government funding, and depend solely on financial support from our friends. Our organization is not affiliated with any other SPCA or Humane Society.

Tax ID: 94-6171565

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