Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, our in person Rescue Readers program at the Humane League has been paused. As soon as it is safe for us to reopen this program and allow kids back into the shelter for scheduled Rescue Readers appointments, we will do so.

Rescue Readers – Lancaster

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 Director of Events & Corporate Relations Lauren Henderson at lhenderson@humanepa.org 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, please contact Director of Events & Corporate Relations, Lauren Henderson at lhenderson@humanepa.org.


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!