Pet Literacy

Our Pet Literacy program promotes humane treatment and the socialization of animals through reading out loud. This program improves the shelter environment for our guests, creates a connection between people and animals, promotes socialization, and prepares the animals in our care for adoption.

The program is ongoing during regular business hours. All readers are encouraged to sign-in at the front desk to receive credit for their volunteer hours and to receive information about the program. Readers must be (15) years or older or they must be accompanied by an adult. All students from the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) are eligible to receive service hours for the time that they read to the animals so long as they sign-in and out at the front desk upon each visit.

For groups of 15 or more please email Animalcare@longbeach.gov at least 1 week prior to your visit with the date and time your group will be coming in.