Hudson Valley Humane Society

Visiting Pet Program

All About R.E.A.D.®


HVHS VPP offers R.E.A.D.®  training and support. For upcoming workshops, check our events page or send an e-mail to: VPPHumaneEd@aol.com.


 

Hudson Valley Humane Society Visiting Pet Program Launches "Paws for Reading"  

Click below to listen to Risa Hoag on Animal Talk Naturally Radio talking about R.E.A.D.

RADIO LINK

 

The HVHS Visiting Pet Program launched "Paws for Reading" in June of 2006 at the New City Library. Many enthusiastic children had a chance to read one-on-one on a Cat-in-the-Hat quilt with Annie, a mixed-breed Delta Society registered therapy dog and Risa Hoag, Annie’s handler and a Certified Humane Education Specialist (including Daniel below).

 

Paws for Reading is an affiliate of the Reading Education Assistance Dogs® (R.E.A.D.) program developed by Intermountain Therapy Animals in Utah. The Paws for Reading program is always offered free to both schools and libraries. All of our Pet Partner® teams are volunteers and the Visiting Pet Program is a non-profit organization sustained solely by donations.

 

The mission of the R.E.A.D. program is to improve the literacy skills of children through the assistance of registered Pet Partner therapy teams as literacy mentors. This unique educational approach was first introduced on CBS’s “60 Minutes” more than 20 years ago. The animals in the program have been trained and tested for health, safety, skills and temperament through Delta. 

 

The R.E.A.D. program offers children an opportunity to improve their reading in a setting which has proven effective and fun.  

 

The HVHS Visiting Pet Program currently has 16 R.E.A.D. teams and Risa Hoag is a licensed R.E.A.D. Instructor with Intermountain Therapy Animals. Our group offers R.E.A.D. workshops several times throughout the year for those who wish to become R.E.A.D. teams as well as for librarians, school teachers and school administrators who would like to learn more about the benefits of this unique program. Please check our events page for details on upcoming workshops.

There are more than 1,400 R.E.A.D. teams throughout the United States, the U.K., Canada and Australia some of which participate in Animal Assisted Therapy in school settings where goals are established for each child with teachers and reading specialists. The child then works one-on-one with the R.E.A.D. team to track the reading improvement progress of participating students. Schools in Rockland and Bergen county that would like to arrange for a R.E.A.D. program in their school should send an e-mail to Risa Hoag at VPPHumaneEd@aol.com or call 845-627-3000.

The Hudson Valley Humane Society Visiting Pet Program has been providing animal assisted services throughout Rockland and Bergen for the past 13 years and makes regular free visits to nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospitals with its 22 Pet Partner teams. The organization, which operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit tax exempt corporation, conducts regular training programs for others who would like to participate in this rewarding volunteer activity. 

 

 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A R.E.A.D. TEAM VISIT YOUR SCHOOL OR LIBRARY TO ASSIST CHILDREN WITH READING, PLEASE SEND AN E-MAIL TO VPPHumaneEd@aol.com OR CALL RISA HOAG AT 845-627-3000.

 

Click HERE to download a PDF file that explains the steps to starting a R.E.A.D. program in your school.


UPCOMING READ PROGRAM DATES 

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A R.E.A.D. TEAM WITH YOUR DOG, CAT, BIRD OR OTHER PET, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ATTEND ONE OR SEVERAL OF THE SESSIONS BELOW TO GAIN AN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS.  

There will be two R.E.A.D. training sessions in 2009. Please sign up early to reserve a spot. Registration forms are posted on the events page.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009


UPCOMING READ SESSIONS AT LIBRARIES:

Wednesday, April 22
4:30 - 6:00 PM
R.E.A.D. at Blauvelt Library

Saturday, May 2
10:30 - 12:30
R.E.A.D. at New City Library

Saturday, May 16
10:30 - 12:30
R.E.A.D. at New City Library

Saturday, June 6
10:30 - 12:30
R.E.A.D. at New City Library

 

Lois and Gilly were the first HVHS VPP R.E.A.D. team to work in a School. They read each week with children from Sloatsburg Elementary School and have been featured in the Journal News!

 

Barbara and Kaila are our second team to read with children in an elementary school. They work at Golden Hill Elementary in Florida, NY

 

 

 


If you would like to learn more about our participation in the R.E.A.D. program, please send an e-mail to VPPHumaneEd@aol.com