AWA's Youth Volunteer Reading Program

Children having storytime with an animal, can it get any more adorable?

The Animal Welfare Association’s Tales with Tails Reading Program is a mutually beneficial program for kids and animals.  Children as young as 5 years old, can sign up to read to AWA’s animals!  Kids work on developing their reading skills while animals are comforted by their voices and drawn to the front of the kennel or cage.  Studies show that animals who approach the front of the kennel or cage get adopted more quickly.

Please sign up below to attend. The first 15 minutes of each session will include a brief orientation. If your child has already attended an orientation, then they may come 15 minutes into the session to begin reading.

A parent/guardian must supervise their child(ren).  We ask that only one parent/guardian be in attendance to limit the amount of people in the space. If you have multiple children attending, an additional adult is allowed.

Children are encouraged to bring their own book from home, but a small library is set up if children would like to read. There are reading cushions for the children to sit on and read to the animals.

Please email with any questions

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Part of Animal Welfare Association's mission is to promote the human-animal bond. One of the ways we accomplish this is by providing fun, engaging education programs for children in our South Jersey community.

Starting as young as age 2 with our toddler classes up through our homeschool program for teens, AWA has something for all ages.

Our goal is to make learning about animals fun, so children can grow up to be advocates in making the world a better place for the animals they love!