Read to Roo is a local subgroup of the Reading Education Assistance Dogs program, or R.E.A.D. With Read to Roo, my handler and I go to the local elementary school and work as literacy mentors for children. What does that mean exactly? Well, what it means is that we work with the children, teachers and administrators to help encourage literacy skills, improve self confidence and offer a friendly hand (or paw as the case may be) to those who might benefit from our program.
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Rooney Becoming a registered therapy team is a great way for you & your dog to bond while bringing joy to others! Find out more by reading about the great organizations on this page.

Pet Partners - Our Main Therapy Registry

Pet Partners (formerly known as Delta Society) is a non-profit organization that brings individuals together who share a common passion - a love of animals and people. We are committed to making a difference within our local communities and across the globe. Delta is a Greek symbol of change and is represented by a triangle. PetPartners' triangle represents the interconnectivity of Pets, Pet Owners, and Medical Professionals (human and animal). Together they change lives.

The Pet Partners program was established in 1990 to ensure that "both ends of the leash," people as well as animals, were well-prepared to participate in animal-assisted activity and animal-assisted therapy programs. Pet Partners is the only national registry that requires volunteer training and screening of animal-handler teams.

The Pet Partners program trains volunteers and screens volunteers and their pets for visiting animal programs in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools and other facilities.

For more information of the Pet Partners, please visit

Reading Education Assistance Dogs - Our Literacy Based Therapy Organization

The mission of the R.E.A.D. program is to improve the literacy skills of children through the assistance of registered therapy teams as literacy mentors. The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program improves children's reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a dog. But not just any dog. R.E.A.D. dogs are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner/handlers as a team, going to schools, libraries and many other settings as reading companions for children.

Today, thousands of registered R.E.A.D. teams work throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and beyond. R.E.A.D. is one of those ideas that, in the words of Bill Moyers, "pierces the mundane to arrive at the marvelous."

Intermountain Therapy Animals, a nonprofit organization, launched R.E.A.D. in 1999 as the first comprehensive literacy program built around the appealing idea of reading to dogs, and the program has been spreading rapidly and happily ever since!

For more information on Reading Education Assistance Dogs, please visit

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