Wednesday, March 18th 7:30pm – Nanuet Library - FREE

Educational meeting to inform parents about the Reading Education Assistance Dog™ program (R.E.A.D.™), a free literacy program developed in 1999 by Intermountain Therapy Animals in Salt Lake City Utah to improve the literacy skills of children through the assistance of registered therapy teams as literacy mentors. Parents will learn how they can enroll their children. This presentation is being conducted by a Girl Scout working on her Gold Award to help bring R.E.A.D. to more children throughout Rockland County.  Questions? Call Risa Hoag 845-627-3000.

Saturday, March 21st , 9am – 2pm – Nanuet Library

Reading Education Assistance Dog workshop for those who want to learn to work with their therapy pet to help children learn to read. The workshop, $99 or less, is designed to introduce this unique literacy program to therapy dog handlers and those who want to be, teachers, school administrators, and librarians. The workshop will provide information and training on how children can improve their reading skills and self confidence by working with a registered therapy dog team. This workshop is only for humans, please do not bring your pet. Please direct questions to Risa Hoag 845-627-3000.

To register, please send a check as per instructions on the registration form or pay via PayPal link below (in which case you can email the registration form to risa@gmgpr.com or send via regular mail as per the instructions on the registration form). Please note if you are paying for a teen and an adult you will need to pay for one and then the other in two separate transactions. Thank you.

Registration Options

Saturday March 28th 9am until 5pm

Therapy Handler Workshop for new applicants. This workshop will introduce people to the world of animal assisted therapy and prepare prospective volunteers to visit hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and other facilities with their dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, and other domestic pets. The cost is $125 which includes class materials and lunch. ($100 for senior citizens).

Saturday April 11 9am until noon

Therapy dog team evaluation preparation class will be held. For more information contact the Visiting Pet Program.

Saturday April 25 10am until 3pm

Therapy handler team evaluations by appointment only.

Handler Workshop Registration Form



The mission of the R.E.A.D. program is to improve the literacy skills of children through the assistance of registered Pet Partner therapy teams as literacy mentors. This unique educational approach was first introduced on CBS’s “60 Minutes” more than 20 years ago. The animals in the program have been trained and tested for health, safety, skills and temperament through our prestigious program. 

The R.E.A.D. program offers children an opportunity to improve their reading in a setting which has proven effective and fun.




NOTE: Since this video was filmed several years ago, please note the following changes: We are officially known as "The Hudson Valley Visiting Pet Program." Our current office phone number is (845) 267-8795.


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Questions? Dolores@HudsonValleyVisitingPets.com or use the Contact Us link to the left, or call ouroffice at 845-267-8795.