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 the Humane League of Lancaster County 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 our shelter front desk staff at 717-393-6551.

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 about the Rescue Readers program, please contact Events & Social Media Coordinator, Kylie Layman at