The R.E.A.D.® Program

Wags for Hope is proud to be the first animal volunteer group to conduct R.E.A.D.® sessions in Frederick County. This is a wonderful program initially created by the folks at Intermountain Therapy Animals in Utah. Pet teams volunteer their time and compassion to local schools, libraries and youth groups to help improve their literacy skills. Children are motivated to learn to read because an animal is non-judgmental and reading becomes fun for them. Additional training and cost involved.

Here are some testimonials:

“I have to say that this has been more than I could have even have asked for!!! I think that the group of students that Oreo is working with have not only improved their reading skills but also their social skills, motivation and confidence…It has made such a difference in their lives and they ask me about it all the time. The next group of kids can’t wait for their chance…Thank you so much for letting our students have this fabulous opportunity!”

– Michelle Scheich, Reading Specialist, Rachel Carson Elementary

“It truly has made my heart sing when I see these children and how they enjoy reading to [Team] Jon… This program helps the kids to see that reading can be fun. Thanks for bringing it to our school.”

– Barbara Baldoni, Reading Specialist, Captain James E. Daly Elementary