Shelter Buddies Reading Program



The Shelter Buddies Reading Program was designed to help shelter pets become more adoptable. Reading to the animals helps to bring comfort to and reduce the anxiety of shelter pets, and it nurtures empathy in children. Participants sit outside of the dog/cat/rabbit’s enclosure and read to them.


Reading helps shy animals learn to relax around people and teaches high energy animals that calm behavior is desirable. When children tell stories to the animals, it also helps them develop their own reading skills!


WHO: Animal loving Kids ages 4 - 12



Additional Note: The Jefferson SPCA is a non profit created to support and assist the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelters. The Jefferson SPCA  is located at the Jefferson Feed store in Jefferson, LA. The animals at this location are animals pulled from the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter (JPAS) and are available for adoption. At this time, the Shelter Buddies Reading Program takes place at the Jefferson Feed store, not at the JP animal shelter, (although plans for this program at the JPAS are in the works)! 

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To contact the Jefferson SPCA

Jefferson SPCA

4421 Jefferson Hwy, Jefferson, LA 70121

Phone: 504-733-5878


To contact the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelters

Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter - East Bank

1 Humane Way, Harahan, LA 70123

Phone: 504-736-6111


Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter - West Bank

2701 Lapalco Blvd, Harvey, LA 70058 

Phone: 504-349-5111


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