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Paws to Read

Please note: Based on current health and safety recommendations, we are temporarily suspending in-person programs for children, including in-person camps, classroom visits, library programs, and SPCA tours. While we are not aware of any student, volunteer, or staff member who has been exposed to COVID-19, we made this decision in an abundance of caution. We thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing everyone soon.

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.

Paws to Read 2020-2021 School Year

Unfortunately, we have had to make the tough decision to put a pause on our wonderful Paws to Read program. We will be back! Until then, check out our amazing Animal Club program as we have gone virtual! Learn more here.

*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's event page for more specific times.  We hope to see you there!

Monterey Public Library:  625 Pacific Street, Monterey.  Upcoming dates: September 9.  

Check out more of our great kids programs here.