Join Us!



Official R.E.A.D. training is offered periodically by:

Gwen Brock:

Terry Cuyler:

Organization: H.A.L.O.

Program: Angel Ears

City: Antioch

State: CA



Notes: H.A.L.O. Angel Ears team is an educational outreach program of H.A.L.O. (Homeless Animals Lifeline Organization). H.A.L.O. Angel Ears currently holds R.E.A.D. sessions twice a month at seven libraries in Contra Costa County.

Organization: Inland Empire Therapy Dogs, Inc. (IETD)

R.E.A.D. Program:  Reading With A Furry Friend

Contact Names: Vivian Crowe or Carolyn Ritchie

Address: PO Box 7619, Redlands, CA  92375

Phone: (909) 406-3387 


Facebook : @InlandEmpireTherapyDogs 

Notes: IETD has R.E.A.D. programs throughout the Inland Empire including San Bernardino and Riverside counties.  We are also available for classroom and school presentations.

Organization: Love On A Leash

Program: K-9 Komfort Therapy Dogs

Contact Name: Margaret Graefen

City: Temecula

State: CA


Notes: Our R.E.A.D. teams visit the Wildomar Library, Murrieta Library, and Temecula Library.  The group is available to visit schools and special functions with advance arrangement. K-9 Komfort teams also visit senior centers, rehabilitation centers, hospitals college campuses, and high schools and provide hospice services. 

Organization: Paws 4 Friends

Contact Name: Laura Francis

City: Manteca

State: CA


Notes: We visit at Lathrop Kids Club (5th St Community Center) every other week, Lathrop Community Center, Manteca Library 3 times per year, Give Every Child A Chance (Summer program), Manteca Unified French Camp School and Golden West School (ongoing through school term), and Jefferson School District, Anthony Traina School (ongoing through the school term).

Organization: Paws for Healing, Inc.

Program: Paws For Reading

City: Napa

State: CA


Phone: 707-258-3786


Notes: Paws for Healing is a community-based, non-profit organization in California's North Bay with over 200 canine-assisted therapy teams, including R.E.A.D. teams at schools and

libraries, in Solano, Sonoma, Napa, & Marin counties. Paws for Healing motto is "Mending Hearts With Loving Guiding Hands."

Organization: Paws to Heal

Contact Name: Ann Marie Biden, President

City: Upland

State: CA

Phone: 909-982-4071 or cell: 909-986-1793



Organization: PJ's Pals

Contact Name: Nancy Winters

City: Apple Valley

State: California


Notes: We currently serve people at the following facilities:Libraries: Apple Valley, Barstow, Serrano, Victorville, Big Bear Lake Schools: Mariana, Yucca Loma, AV Middle School, AAE, AV Christian, Rio Vista, Brentwood, Mojave Vista, Liberty, Theodore Vick Other: Haley House, Kaiser Hospital, Hespela Prenatal.

Organization: Rim of the World Comfort Pets

Contact Name: Linda Smith

City: Crestline

State: CA

Phone: 909-338-2787



Notes: Rim of the World Comfort Pets has a R.E.A.D. program at Valley of Enchantment Elementary School and seasonal programs at the local library in Running Springs.

Organization: Sonoma County Libraries 

Contact Name: Anne Marie Murphy (Rincon Valley Regional Library, Santa Rosa) and Bill Coolidge (Windsor Regional Library); 

City: Santa Rosa

State: CA

Phone Number: Rincon Valley 707-537-0162; Windsor Regional 707-839-1020


Notes: In addition to the Rincon Valley and Windsor Regional libraries, children can read to a therapy animal at the Central Library, Healdsburg Library, Northwest Library, Petaluma Library, Rohnert Park Library, and Sebastopol Library. Check the Sonoma County Library website for days and times.

Organization: Therapy Animals of Redding

Contact: Donna Conrad

City: Redding

State: CA



Our R.E.A.D. teams visit local schools and libraries. 

Contact Name: National R.E.A.D. Coordinator

Phone: 801-272-3439


Notes: For more information on registered R.E.A.D. teams or groups in this state, please contact the ITA office.

The ITA R.E.A.D. program is touching hearts across the nation. The following is a partial list of R.E.A.D. Affiliate Programs, Regional Workshops, and individual R.E.A.D teams. It is our hope that this list will help put R.E.A.D. teams in contact with programs and workshops in their area. If you would like to add your program to this list please send an email to the National R.E.A.D. Coordinator at the ITA office (

States ending in
have programs hosting regional workshops. Also, many R.E.A.D. instructors are willing to travel. Please feel free to contact one of them about setting up a workshop specifically designed for your group.