Local Kids Can Read to Rescue Animals

Jr. Journalist Report: HSHV Rescue Reading Program

By Finley Hendricks (5th grader in Saline)

The Humane Society of Huron Valley  (HSHV) is holding a rescue reading program! This is a chance for kids ages 6-11 to improve their reading skills, make animals happy, and enjoy reading! 

If you register, you will be able to read to adoptable animals at HSHV. You will be able to do this on Sundays from 10am – 11:30am, and select Wednesdays from 1:30am – 3pm. 

This is a drop off event, and parents will not be included. Eight kids are allowed in each session.

HSHV recommends you bring several of your own books to read to the animals. I recently read a children’s book that fit this theme well.

The book, “From the Pocket of an Overcoat,” by Robert Vincent, is about a homeless woman who gives up her cat, Max, for a few apples. She knows he is worth way more, but wants him to have a home. At the cat’s new home on a farm, four dogs have to accept him. The book is available locally at Nicolas Books.

This story connects to the Rescue Reading Program because in the book, dogs accept a cat and teach him about the farm. In the Rescue Reading Program, kids will be reading to the animals, and accepting them. This shows that the relationship between humans and animals has a positive impact both ways. 


If a human does something kind to an animal, (like read to it) the animal will be happy, which will make humans happy.

Register today for the HSHV Rescue Reading Program! Registration is $15 per child (due to popularity, it’s non-refundable or transferable). 

For kids younger than six, consider an HSHV Storytime or Sensory Storytime (specifically intended as a welcoming space for neurodivergent and autistic children).

Humane Society of Huron Valley    3100 Cherry Hill Rd, Ann Arbor   734-662-5585   www.hshv.org