Paws & Read at AWLA

Reading to pets is a very rewarding activity for kids and pets alike! Your child can improve their literacy and help shelter pets relax and socialize through our reading programs.


Paws & Read

Children and young teens from kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to “Paws and Read” with our adoptable cats and small companion animals. This is a free program - simply sign up for a session below, check-in when you arrive, and start reading!

Story time club

Story Time Club

Children aged 5-7 are invited to join us at the shelter for a very special storytime! During each storytime, we will have a special guest read a story and tell us about their role in animal welfare. We'll wrap up each club session with a visit to our adoption areas so that each child can read to a pet for 15 minutes during a one-on-one session! Fees are $12 per child*.

*There will be no refunds for Story Time Club. In the event that AWLA cancels the event for any reason, we will do our best to reschedule it to a later date. Childrens' parents or guardians must be in attendance at all times.

If you have any questions about the Paws and Read program, please contact Karyn Orth, Youth Programs Coordinator at
(703) 931-9241, ext. 277 or