Rescue Readers

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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.

Rescue Readers Guidelines:

  • This program is for students in grades K through 8, and 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
To learn more about the Rescue Readers program or how to schedule a session, contact Brenna at or (831) 566-3753

 Main Shelter Location

2685 Chanticleer Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
(P) 831-465-5000
(F) 831-479-8530

Hours of Operation

Tues - Sun: 11am to 6pm

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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1855 41st Ave. (Near Target Wing)
Capitola, CA 95010
(P) 831-477-7886

Hours of Operation

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