R.E.A.D. Program

R.E.A.D. dog Cash training his doggy pal Billy to be a R.E.A.D. dog too
R.E.A.D. dog Cash training his doggy pal Billy to be a R.E.A.D. dog too

R.E.A.D.© is a program developed by the Intermountain Therapy Animals (ITA) organization in Utah. For you and your dog to participate in this program, you must:

  1. Be a member in good standing of a national or international therapy animal organization.
  2. Take the R.E.A.D. course through ITA & pass the test required.

The R.E.A.D. program utilizes registered therapy animals who have been trained and are tested for health, safety and temperament. These R.E.A.D. Partner Teams offer children an irresistible opportunity to polish their reading skills in a fun, motivating way and to improve self confidence!

Where do R.E.A.D. teams visit? Mostly in schools, daycare facilities & libraries. The sessions are done one on one for the most part, although R.E.A.D. teams are known to visit story times as well as other reading groups.

“The R.E.A.D. program has been such a wonderful blessing for all the children involved at Waverly. Reading to the dogs and their handlers helps reluctant readers feel more comfortable reading aloud. This program has proven to be a tremendous success, because it builds self-confidence and motivates the children to read.”
T. White
Waverly Yowell Reading Specialist

Cost? There is a fee for the course that includes a training manual and video. Once you complete the course and pass the test, there is a one-time lifetime membership fee.

Participation in a R.E.A.D. program is strictly a volunteer effort on your part.

If you would like to participate in the Books & Barks R.E.A.D program in the Rappahannock County area, please contact:

Sally Petty
Phone: 540-987-9632
E-mail: wagginhearts@yahoo.com or

Does your child want to read to one of R.E.A.D.’s dogs?

Sally Petty is also the contact for parents in the Rappahannock County area who would like to see how the program works, in anticipation of having their children participate in the R.E.A.D. Books & Barks program. Please call or email her using the information above.

For more information, contact Intermountain Therapy Animals:
Website: www.therapyanimals.org
Toll Free Phone:877-485-1121
Address: P.O. Box 17201
Salt Lake City, Utah 84117