Paws to Read

Studies show that a child’s literacy can greatly improve when reading to a kind and non judgmental partner. We can’t think of anyone more fitting for this role than a homeless pet!

Our SPCA Humane Educators can visit your classroom as available on a regular basis accompanied by a pet from our shelter and help your students improve their literacy skills in a safe, patient, and compassionate environment.

To learn more or *to explore scheduling your class, call (831) 264-5404 or email us

*Please note that scheduling regular Paws to Read visits is subject to SPCA educator availability.  Please also note that all animal visits are based on our current shelter population as well as the safety and comfort level of both our animals and program participants.  We have contingency plans in place should we not have pets available who are comfortable with children, large groups, etc..  

Paws to Read is also at a library near you!

Seaside Branch Library: 550 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside.  The schedule changes from time to time, but check the library events page for more specific times.  We hope to see you there!

Monterey Public Library:  625 Pacific Street, Monterey – September 9th.


Check out more of our great kids programs here.

Pet Alert Program

Sign up for our new Pet Alert Program to receive email or text alerts when a pet matching your criteria is available for adoption!

Our Mission

Our mission is to assure compassionate and humane treatment of all animals in our community.