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The Rescue Readers program was developed to provide our younger volunteers, age 4-13 years old, with an opportunity to share their compassion for the cats in our shelter, expand their reading proficiency, and give back in a meaningful way.

Our adoptable cats appreciate being read to by our Rescue Readers as reading aloud has a positive impact on the cats in our cat colonies, while also helping the readers become more comfortable and confident reading aloud.

  • Rescue Readers meet at both Humane PA shelters (The Lancaster Center for Animal Life-Saving and The Freedom Center for Animal Life-Saving) each Saturday and Sunday between 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, for half-hour reading sessions.
  • Each Rescue Reader volunteer must be accompanied by a parent during their visit and preregister for a designated reading time in one of our two cat colonies.
  • Readers are welcome to bring along their own book from home or borrow one from our bookshelf.

To preregister for a reading session, please contact Lauren Henderson Pignetti, Director of Development at or 610-750-6100 ext. 211. Please note, all registrations must be made by 4:30pm on the Friday of that coming weekend. If you are not preregistered, our staff will do their best to accommodate your reading time, but there may be a wait.

Completed waivers must be presented/given to the front desk in order to have access to the cat rooms.  If you do not have access to a printer, please go directly to the front desk to sign the waiver.

>> Rescue Readers Waiver Form

For more information or questions about the Rescue Readers program, contact Lauren Henderson Pignetti, Director of Development at  or 610-750-6100 ext. 211.

Hey kids! Our animals would love for you to color them a picture! Click on an image below to print and mail us back your masterpiece! We will hang these up for our animals to enjoy while they wait for their furever homes!