Skip to main content

Shelter Buddies

Shelter Buddies EHS LOGO

The Shelter Buddies Reading Program is a mutually beneficial experience designed to help shy, anxious dogs feel more comfortable around people by having kids read to them. We want to encourage dogs to approach the front of the kennel when visitors and potential adopters are present, instead of cowering in the corner. Dogs who approach the kennel front get adopted more quickly, thus reducing the average length of stay.

For our young volunteers, scout troops and students, the Shelter Buddies Reading Program helps foster compassion and empathy, while providing a supportive environment in which to develop their reading skills. In addition, this program allows youth to make a positive impact on the world by helping animals in need.

This program is appropriate for children ages 6 and up.


Get Involved!

EHS SB reading 1

Getting involved is easy!

  1. Register for a one-time orientation for parent and child to attend together (available dates listed below)
  2. Attend orientation to learn about the program, important safety rules, and procedures.
  3. Successfully complete orientation.
  4. You're ready to read!

Once training is completed, stop in during any of our open reading hours to begin reading to our shelter pets! Earn fun prize incentives the more your child comes back to read!

Register for Shelter Buddies Orientation

Shelter Buddies Reading Hours

  • Tuesday: 12 to 4:30 pm (East Kennel Wing & Public Cattery)
  • Thursday: 12 to 6 pm (East Kennel Wing & Public Cattery)
  • Saturday: 11 am to 2:30 pm (East Kennel Wing & Public Cattery)
  • Sunday: 11 am to 2 pm (Public Cattery Only)*

*Due to limited staff on site, open reading on Sunday will be limited to public cattery only.

For more information or questions, email our Program Coordinator, Karah at or call us at 814-835-8331.


EHS Little Free Library

Our Little Free Library is all filled up! Bring your kiddos by to take a book, swap a book and let them grow their reading skills at home.

Along with our library, the book donations will also be used for our Shelter Buddies Reading Program!

The Little Free Library is located by the shelter's main entrance on the right to the shelter. Look for the colorful pawprints!

The EHS staff and shelter pets thank you for your support!