Our Programs

Helping Kids Canine Literacy Program

OC Animal Allies PAWS volunteers embrace new ways to help the Orange County Communities we proudly serve. Our award winning Canine Literacy Program provides visits to Schools, Public Libraries and Organizations looking to bring the magic of pet therapy reading programs to their location.

The goal of OC Animal Allies’ award-winning Canine Literacy Program is to help reduce the anxiety students feel when reading aloud, improve reading fluency and reading comprehension skills, build self-esteem and confidence and to simply make reading fun.

Studies have shown that petting a dog lowers both blood pressure and stress levels. This same response occurs in the reading session, helping children to reduce stress while reading aloud.  Many students use one hand to pet the dog and the other hand to hold their book while reading to the dog who offers a calm, accepting and nonjudgmental ear. This unique experience is a wonderful way to motivate students and establishes marked and lifelong improvements in reading, speaking and comprehension.

For more information on our Canine Literacy program, please email us at info@ocanimalallies.org.

Canine Reading Kids
{My students have thoroughly enjoyed the reading program and the bond that they have since formed with both you and our furry friends.  I have watched them become more fluent, passionate, and most importantly, more confident readers. Keep up the hard work! As my kiddos say, “Paw Power!”
{

I have a student in my class who was a selective mute. On Bella’s second visit, this student finally whispered, “Bella!” After that, he became more comfortable reading and talking in class. I feel that special dog, Bella, and her owner were the main motivators for this student to speak.

{

We feel so lucky to have been part of the Canine Literacy program. You have made us better readers!

Students in f-1

Canine Literacy Program at Public Libraries

OC Animal Allies PAWS volunteers are honored to help the Orange County Communities we proudly serve. Our award winning Canine Literacy Program has regular schedules to many Public Libraries within Orange County and is open to the public! It is a wonderful opportunity for families looking to introduce their children to the benefit of pet therapy literacy programs.

Our Canine Literacy Teams are available to visit with you and your children at selected Public Libraries in Orange County. In this public program, your child will have an opportunity to meet with and read to one of our specially trained “Canine Listeners”, helping to improve reading confidence and skills. This program is provided at no charge and tail wags and gentle kisses included at no additional cost!

Please see our Library Schedule below for locations and times. Some locations do take reservations for a turn to read with the dogs. Please call the library in advance to confirm schedules and availability.

For more information on our Canine Literacy program, please email us at info@ocanimalallies.org.

Orange County Public Library Schedule

OC Public Libraries – Mesa Verde Branch

2969 Mesa Verde Dr E
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714-546-5274

First Tuesday of the month from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

OC Public Libraries – Fountain Valley Branch

17635 Los Alamos St
Fountain Valley 92708
714-962-1324

Second Monday of the month from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

OC Public Libraries – Irvine Heritage Branch

14361 Yale Ave
Irvine, CA 92604
949-936-4040

Third Monday of the month from 3:30 – 4:30 PM

OC Public Libraries – Aliso Viejo Branch

1 Journey
Aliso Viejo CA 92656
(949) 360-1730

1st Monday of the month from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

OC Public Libraries – Ladera Ranch Library

29551 Sienna Parkway
Ladera Ranch CA, 92694
949-234-5940

1st Wednesday of the month from 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

OC Public Libraries – El Toro Library

24672 Raymond Way
Lake Forest, CA 92630
949-855-8173

3rd Thursday of the month from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

OC Public Libraries -Laguna Beach Library

363 Glenmeyre
Laguna Beach CA, 92651
949-497-1733

3rd Thursday of the month from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

OC Public Libraries – Garden Grove Main Branch

11200 Stanford Ave.
Garden Grove, CA 92840
714-530-0711

First Wednesday of the month from 4:00 – 5:00 PM

OC Public Libraries – La Palma Branch

7842 Walker St
La Palma, CA 90623
714-523-8585

Third Wednesday of the month from 4:00 – 5:00 PM

OC Public Libraries – Garden Grove Chapman Library

9182 Chapman Ave
Garden Grove CA 92841
714-539-2115

3rd Thursday of the month from 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

OC Public Libraries -Westminster Branch

8180 13th Street
Westminster, CA 92683
(714) 893-5057

Fourth Monday of each month from 3:30 – 4:30 PM

OC Public Libraries -Irvine Katie Wheeler branch

13109 Old Myford Road
Irvine CA 92602
(714) 669-8753

Third Monday of each month from 4:00 – 5:0 PM

OC Public Libraries – Foothill Ranch Branch

27002 Cabriole
Foothill Ranch, CA 92610
949-855-8072

Second Tuesday of the month from 2:30 – 3:30 PM

Want to volunteer with PAWS?

OC Animal Allies’ work is made possible through the commitment and dedication of its volunteers.

Paws OC Animal Allies