ANGEL PAWS' READING EDUCATION ASSISTANCE DOGS (R.E.A.D.®)
SERVING CENTRAL OHIO SCHOOLS & LIBRARIES SINCE 2004!
"We had spent several years investigating agencies and organizations claiming to offer these benefits through their therapy dog programs and services. ... Our first meeting between our administration and (Angel Paws' Director) was impressive ... We highly recommend this program ...."
- Amanda Griffith, Executive Director & Becky Shaffer, Curriculum Adviser, Eagle Wings Academy
(complete letter of recommendation below)
RELAX! EMPOWER! ENJOY!
Since becoming a registered Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) affiliate organization in 2005, trained and registered Angel Paws' R.E.A.D. teams have provided thousands of R.E.A.D. sessions for children at Licking County Library, Eagle Wings Academy, Kairos Academy, Barnes & Noble and pre-schoolers at Indian Mound Mall to instill an early joy of reading, improve reading skills & confidence ~ and have fun! In 2016 Pet Partners launched their own Read With Me initiative to assure alignment with all Pet Partners philosophies of animal welfare and safety. All Angel Paws Read With Me volunteer teams are included on the Pet Partners Read With Me roster, subscribe to all Read With Me guidelines and are also R.E.A.D. trained. 20 minute, private Read With Me sessions (1 child, 1 Pet Partners literacy mentor & 1 Therapy Animal) are scheduled in advance. Volunteer training & registration information is included below. See our R.E.A.D. videos for more information about R.E.A.D.! Please click HERE to go directly to R.E.A.D. Frequently Asked Questions which provides a more detailed explanation of exactly how the program works, how library programs differ from school programs, what the documented benefits of R.E.A.D. programs are and more. Please click HERE for more information about Pet Partners Read With Me initiative.
READING EDUCATION ASSISTANCE DOGS® (R.E.A.D.)
READING EDUCATION ASSISTANCE DOGS® (R.E.A.D.), founded in 1999, was the first & currently remains the only nationally recognized program to provide comprehensive training & standards based program implementation for volunteers to incorporate the safe and effective use of registered therapy animals in literacy mentoring sessions. R.E.A.D. was carefully planned, researched and implemented at Intermountain Therapy Animals in Salt Lake City, Utah and has helped thousands of children discover the joy of books and improve reading and communication skills by providing an empowering opportunity to read aloud to a true friend who will never judge, criticize, intimidate or ridicule. R.E.A.D. animals are all trained & registered therapy animals who volunteer with thier specialy trained owner/handler literacy mentors in schools, libraries and other facilities for children interested in improving their confidence, skills - or just having fun! See R.E.A.D. brochure below &/or click on the R.E.A.D. logo on the left to visit the R.E.A.D. web site &/or click HERE to go directly to R.E.A.D. Frequently Asked Questions which provides a more detailed explanation of exactly how the program works, how library programs differ from school programs, what the documented benefits of R.E.A.D. programs are and more. While Library R.E.A.D. programs are considered Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) School R.E.A.D. programs are considered Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) because they incorporate individualized lesson plans designed in collaboration with teachers or reading specialists to target a specific academic or behavioral challenge or learning disability. The process is documented and evaluated. For more information about the definitions of AAA vs. AAT please click HERE.
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(Pictured L-R) Intermountain Therapy Animals Executive Director, Kathy Klotz; Angel Paws' Founding R.E.A.D. dog Samantha, Angel Paws' Founder Director, Patti Shanaberg; and R.E.A.D. Founder Sandi Martin at Intermountain Therapy Animals 1st R.E.A.D.ing Rendevous' & R.E.A.D. Instructors Training in Salt Lake City, Utah 2005.
LibraryDog's.com provides a wealth of information about library reading programs across the country along with a list of animal related children's books and dog breed specific books. Angle Paws is featured under "All-Around R.E.A.D. dogs"
*** If you are interested in implementing a R.E.A.D. program at your school or library please click HERE to see our Program Implementation page and CONTACT US for more information!
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WELCOME & Thank You For Your Interest
Angel Paws Training & Registration Process
Delta Society Pet Partners Skills & Aptitude Test
Perks & Requirements
Who We Serve
2 Year Membership Renewal
Not Just Dogs; Therapy Cats, Rabbits, Birds, etc.
Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D)
Auxiliary Angels (no pet required)
Click "Fullscreen" below to read testimonials from Licking County Library Head of Children's Services & Eagle Wings Academy Director & Curriculum Advisor.
Click "Fullscreen" below for Frequently asked questions for parents.
Newark Advocate, November 2, 2012 (2 pages)
R.E.A.D. Volunteer Training & Registration
R.E.A.D. dogs & other therapy pet species participating in the R.E.A.D. program must enjoy children and be comfortable laying quietly for extended periods of time. Angel Paws/R.E.A.D. teams must complete all Delta Society Pet Partners & Angel Paws training & registration requirements before attending a R.E.A.D. Team Training Workshop which includes the required R.E.A.D. training manual ($50. workshop fee) Lifetime R.E.A.D. registration fee for affiliate members $50. (regular $60.) is contingent on proof of registered Therapy Pet. All R.E.A.D. handlers must provide updated proof of registered therapy pets to maintain registration. Please Contact us for more information about volunteering in our R.E.A.D. program. Please click HERE for more information and registration of our R.E.A.D. Training Workshop.
For information about how to work with Angel Paws to implement a R.E.A.D. program at your school or library please click here ...