Reading Buddies

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A Drop-In Volunteer Project for All Ages

Reading Buddies is a drop-in volunteer project for all ages to help adoptable pets relax in the busy shelter environment. Grab a book and help the animals de-stress to the sound of your voice reading aloud to the animals.

People interested in reading to the animals must watch the video below before participating in the program. You can bring your own book or borrow one of ours. Per shelter policy, minors must be accompanied by an adult guardian while visiting animals. We ask you to keep your reading session to about 15 minutes per animal.

Just sign in at the front desk and get ready to share a story. 

Who: Readers of all ages
What: Sit and read to one of our adoptable pets
Where: The Anti-Cruelty Society’s Adoption Center at 510 N. LaSalle or the Everyday Adoption Center at 1101 S. Canal St.

  • Adoption Center Hours: Monday-Friday noon-7:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday noon-5:00 p.m.
  • Everyday Adoption Center: Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Free parking is available onsite. If you have questions regarding this opportunity email