Have a passion for books? Have a desire to help children enjoy and improve their reading? Have a low-key dog who likes to listen?  Share your wonderful animal companion, your love of children, and your love of reading by becoming a Paws to R.E.A.D.® team.

1000’s of children in the Richmond region are not reading at grade level, and you can be part of the solution to that problem. Become a R.E.A.D. team with your therapy dog and tutor children with compassion in a nonjudgmental, positive and furry way!


1.  Do you and your companion animal have the desired qualities to make a great Paws to R.E.A.D.® team?  If so, continue to Step 2.

Qualities of a good R.E.A.D. therapy animal:

  • Calm, comfortable in a low-key setting
  • Able to deal with unexpected close encounters of rambunctious children
  • Solid obedience skills; ability and willingness to learn new things
  • Tolerant of sudden loud noises, school bells, puppets, costumes, room decorations
  • Neutral to presence of toys, crayons, paper, books, and lunch remnants in trash baskets
  • Cool around other animals

Qualities of a good R.E.A.D. human teammate:

  • All the qualities of the animal, and enjoy children
  • Love reading and be a competent reader
  • Willingness to discover children’s books
  • Willingness to form appropriate relationships with kids and understand their challenges
  • Time commitment for library or school program
  • Training, grooming and professionalism

2.  Become a registered therapy team with your animal (click here)

3.  Become a registered R.E.A.D.® team (click here)

4.  Become a Sprite’s HERO, Inc. volunteer with Paws to R.E.A.D.® (click here)