at the CAP Animal Shelter.


Thursdays After-School

Kids can read to shelter pets


Do you have a child that loves animals and wants to volunteer to help our homeless pets?

Have them read to our shelter pets!


Parents are invited to accompany children ages 6 & up to read a book aloud to a furry friend for 15 minute intervals. Children gain confidence in their reading skills while helping shy homeless pets become more comfortable with people. 

Our furry residents crave attention, and this program provides it in a comfortable and non-threatening manner. This activity allows kids ages 6 & up to help homeless animals and earn service hours for school, scouts, etc.  Adult supervision is required at all times.  


We encourage kids to bring their favorite books to share with the animals. We also have a few dozen animal-themed books that children can choose to read from as well.


All shelter pets will remain inside their kennel space.


Children are invited to sit outside a pet’s kennel space and read calmly using soft voices and making no sudden movements for a period lasting no longer than 15 minutes per pet while being supervised by a parent or guardian. 



Half-hour shifts available most Thursdays after-school. 


Each child must register.  Currently, all persons entering the CAP Animal Shelter must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth. No fee is required, but donations for our homeless pets are always appreciated.  No poking or pulling or grabbing of pets allowed.  No running, loud noises, or sudden movements allowed.  All children must be supervised at all times by an adult parent or guardian while at the CAP Animal Shelter.  This activity is for children ages 6 & up.  Questions?  Contact Ana at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Check out this article on Katy Magazine about CAP Storytime!


Check out our interview on Localish!


Why read to shelter pets? The research…

  • Children who read aloud to dogs for 10 to 15 minutes per week experienced a 12% increase in reading proficiency. (University of California Davis study)
  • In a study, children reported feeling “self conscious, clumsy, and uncomfortable” when reading out loud. But when they read in the presence of a dog, the same children reported feelings of “happiness and safety”. (University of California Davis study)
  • Research estimates that over 70% of children of all ages talk to, and confide, in animals. (
  • Students who took part in the Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program for 13 months increased their reading proficiency by at least two grade levels. (
  • Children who have difficulty relating to other people have been observed to show greater self-confidence around pets, which helps them transfer that behavior to humans.(WebMD)
  • Being read to helps fearful or shy dogs become more comfortable with people because there is no forced interaction. (
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Special thanks to the Humane Society of Missouri, who shared their Shelter Buddies Reading Guide offering helpful tips to organizations like Citizens for Animal Protection.





Be sure to schedule each child attending for a shift. Children must be at least 6 years of age.

The CAP Animal Shelter limits the number of individuals in the shelter for your safety. 

All persons entering the CAP Animal Shelter are required to wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth. 




Event Event Date Capacity Registered Available place Register
Storytime 10/21/21 at 3:30pm 10-21-2021 3:30 pm 5 0 5
Storytime 10/21/21 at 4:00pm 10-21-2021 4:00 pm 5 4 1
Storytime 10/21/21 at 4:30pm 10-21-2021 4:30 pm 5 0 5
Storytime 10/21/21 at 5:00pm 10-21-2021 5:00 pm 5 5 0
We are no longer accepting registration for this event
Storytime 10/28/21 at 3:30pm 10-28-2021 3:30 pm 5 0 5
Storytime 10/28/21 at 4:00pm 10-28-2021 4:00 pm 5 0 5
Storytime 10/28/21 at 4:30pm 10-28-2021 4:30 pm 5 0 5
Storytime 10/28/21 at 5:00pm 10-28-2021 5:00 pm 5 0 5