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How to Join A Reading Buddies Team

Prior to joining one of the Reading Buddies teams, you and your pet must be existing Furry Friends members and participating in visits. An additional Reading Buddies evaluation session is also required.

What Is The Reading Buddies Program?

Reading Buddies is a program through Furry Friends where children read to your Furry Friends pets, for confidence-building and to promote literacy.


What Kinds Of Sites Are Reading Buddies Sites?

Reading Buddies programs may be held in schools, in libraries, in bookstores, in training centers, and other places. Currently, the Santa Clara County libraries are expanding the program through all interested libraries in that system; the San Jose library system has approved it in concept; and two schools also have Reading Buddies programs.

Is The Reading Buddies Program Limited To Just Dogs?

No! As a matter of fact, our goal is to have multi-species teams, unless specifically requested otherwise by the site. Cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, any other animal that can quietly sit or lie down while a child is reading to them are also welcome.

What Makes A Pet A Good Reading Buddies Pet?

First, of course, the pet must have had a favorable evaluation in the Pet Etiquette class, and both the pet and the human participants must be up to date on dues and necessary vaccinations. Second, pets must be able to be calm in the presence of others of their own species and with pets of other species. Dogs that are intolerant of cats, for example, would not be good Reading Buddies.

I’m Already An Active Member Of Furry Friends. How Can My Pet And I Join A Reading Buddies Team?

In order to join a Reading Buddies team, your Furry Friend pet must be participating on another Furry Friends team (minimum of 6 months) and then go through a Reading Buddies evaluation class. This is above and beyond the standard Pet Etiquette evaluation. In this evaluation class, children will actually sit with your pet and read to them, while the behaviorist evaluates the pet’s reactions. Reactions to a calm cat in the area will also be tested. During this evaluation, general information about the Reading Buddies program will also be presented.

Is There A Cost For The Reading Buddies Evaluation Class?

The cost for the evaluation per pet is $50. ALL handlers who are attending and handling the pet must be current Furry Friends members. ALL pets must be also be currently registered with Furry Friends. Only one Furry Friend per handler is permitted for this class.

How Long Is The Class?

Approximately 1 ½ hours in length. Please make sure to show up on time for the class. If you are late to class, you may be asked to retake the class the next time it is offered.

When Are The Reading Buddies Evaluation Classes Held?

Scheduled Reading Buddies classes are on the following dates:

May 20, 2018 ..... 1:30pm

November 18, 2018 ..... 1:30pm

The address will be sent upon paid registration for the class. Deadline for paid registration is one week prior to the class date. Class size will be limited to 15 pets.

Where Can I Find More Information About The Reading Buddies Program?

You can read the initial newsletter article announcing Reading Buddies here: Click here!