Paws for Literacy

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay wants to give children who love animals a chance to spend time with them while catching up on their reading or improving their reading skills.

Our Paws for Literacy Program pairs children with homeless pets who love to hear the stories and look at the pictures.

Paws for Literacy is a free program offered for children ages 5 and up. We provide reading stools, books and treats (for the animals), but children are welcome to bring their own books if they wish. Books provided include animal tales, stories of the animal-human bond and books that teach empathy to young readers.

Supervised by a Florida state-certified teacher.

Parents are welcome.

We are following CDC guidelines. Face masks are strongly recommended.

Ages: Children ages 5+

When: 2:45 PM – 4 PM | Tuesdays & Thursdays


Humane Education Manager

Jessica Tiso


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