NCAL Reading Buddies Program

Children ages 6-12
WHERE: North Country Animal League
WHEN: Trainings take place monthly. Space is limited, preregistration is required. Please see calendar of events for upcoming dates. Upon completion of one 90-minute training session, participants will be given a schedule of available reading times, which are available 5 days per week.
COST: FREE!  Donations for the animals are always appreciated!

NCAL Reading Buddies program was created to help our shelter dogs and cats become more adoptable, while fostering empathy and compassion in children. Reading to the animals helps to bring them comfort, and reduces the anxiety they may experience from being in a shelter environment. Children learn empathy and compassion towards animals while developing their reading skills.

Children interested in becoming a Reading Buddy must register for and attend one 90-minute Reading Buddies Training with an adult. Participants will then be given a schedule of available reading hours and can come read to the animals for as little or as long as they would like during these designated hours. Reading times are available 5 days a week. Preregistration required for Trainings: Limited space available.

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Register for Reading Buddies Training

  • NCAL holds monthly Reading Buddies trainings. There is a maximum of 12 children per training session. If a session is not listed in the drop down menu, it is full. Please select another available session from the list. The NCAL Reading Buddies program is limited to 50 participants. Once we have reached this maximum, we will maintain a waiting list.


-One parent/guardian is required to attend the training and must accompany the child each time they come to read.
-Closed-toed, rubber-soled shoes are required to protect your feet and give better traction when walking through the kennels.
-You are welcome to bring a favorite book, or select one from our library!

Cancellations: Please notify us via email or call (802) 888-5065 x 101 at least one week prior to your scheduled training if you need to cancel or reschedule. You can be added to an upcoming open session.




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