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Virgina


Organization: Books & Barks R.E.A.D. Partners

Contact Name: Sally Petty

City: Sperryville

State: Virginia

E-mail: books_n_barks@yahoo.com

Notes: Currently starting our program at the Rappahannock County Library.


Organization: Heeling House, Inc

Contact Name: Donna Pfendler-Merkle

City: Aldie

State: Virginia

E-mail : mail@heelinghouse.org

Website: heelinghouse.org

Notes: Visiting Loudoun County Public Libraries


Organization: National Capital Therapy Dogs, Inc.

Program Name: Capital R.E.A.D.

Contact Name: Tom Bahls

City: Laurel

State: Maryland

Email:  read@nctdinc.org

Website: www.nctdinc.org

Notes: Capital READ aims to improve children’s reading levels by having children read aloud to specially trained dogs.


Organization: Sprite's HERO, Inc.

Contact Name: Chris Miller

City: Richmond

State: Virginia

E-mail : SpritesHero@aol.com

Notes: Our Paws to R.E.A.D. program visits Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover county libraries and schools. We also participate in an annual research project with Randolph Macon College. We have a waiting list of facilities and are looking for more dedicated volunteers.


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

Phone: 801-272-3439

E-mail: read@therapyanimals.org

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 (read@therapyanimals.org).

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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.