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Reading Therapy Dogs to the Rescue

Do you know a child who has trouble or  lacks confidence with his reading? Or maybe one who just hasn’t developed a love for books yet? Roxy Reading Therapy Dogs is the answer! What a great program! Their mission is “to bring comfort to children, to enhance the experience of learning, to promote a lifelong love of reading, and to enrich the lives of our canine and human volunteers.” Awesome!

Roxy Reading Therapy Dogs is based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity, or know a child who could benefit from working with a dog, maybe there is a program like this where you live. If not, maybe you could start one of your own!

Click through the gallery below to read all about the wonderful Roxy Reading Therapy Dogs.

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    Roxy Reading Therapy Dogs
    RRTD, started in 2005, is a non-profit, all-volunteer program. Since its inception, the mission has been to encourage a lifelong love of reading and to empower children who are struggling with reading through the use of therapy dogs.

    Photo courtesy of Roxy Reading Dogs
  • Helping Kids is Job One 2 of 10
    Helping Kids is Job One
    By 2010, 52 unpaid volunteer therapy dog teams were busy promoting literacy and comforting elementary school children with autism, multiple disabilities and other emotional, psychological and physical challenges.

    Photo courtesy of Roxy Reading Dogs
  • Nothing Feels Better than Being a Confident Reader and Learner 3 of 10
    Nothing Feels Better than Being a Confident Reader and Learner
    RRTD helps kids build self-esteem, eases anxiety and fear, and helps to create a sense of well being. To a child who feels safe and relaxed, learning is so much easier and enjoyable.

    Photo courtesy of Roxy Reading Dogs
  • A LOT of Kids Benefit 4 of 10
    A LOT of Kids Benefit
    1000+ children are positively impacted weekly through interaction with RRTD therapy teams.

    Photo courtesy of Roxy Reading Dogs
  • Being Cuddly and Kind Pays off 5 of 10
    Being Cuddly and Kind Pays off
    RRTD serves as a model to grow new programs across the country. These services are funded by donations, and provided by trained, certified and insured unpaid volunteers, entirely free of charge to families, schools and taxpayers. Wow! That is so cool!

    Photo courtesy of Roxy Reading Dogs
  • Therapy Dogs Travel 6 of 10
    Therapy Dogs Travel
    Therapy Dog teams came from all over to help in Newtown, CT after the horrible school tragedy. One teacher was quoted as saying, "Thank you all so much for the time you spent with kids. I am so glad that the children had something else to talk about besides the tragic loss of their young classmate." Does your community have a program like this?

    Photo courtesy of Roxy Reading Dogs
  • It’s Nice to Have a Friend When You are Scared 7 of 10
    It's Nice to Have a Friend When You are Scared
    In June, 2011, the Courthouse Dogs Program was started in the local Dependency Court. Dozens of trained therapy teams now bring comfort, dry tears, and literally stand by children involved in lengthy court proceedings.

    Photo courtesy of Roxy Reading Dogs
  • It’s Not Always about Reading 8 of 10
    It's Not Always about Reading
    Sometimes RRTD make classroom visits where reading isn't the focus so that children who need support and comfort are helped. This includes kids who have challenges that prevent them from being included in traditional classrooms. Wouldn't it be great if all schools had this?

    Photo courtesy of Roxy Reading Dogs
  • Hey! You Can Help Too! 9 of 10
    Hey!  You Can Help Too!
    Roxy Puppies is part of the Courthouse Dog Program. It is a reminder to the kids of the comfort they got from the real dogs in court. You can sponsor Roxy Puppies to make sure every kids who needs one, gets one.

    Photo courtesy of Roxy Reading Dogs
  • Roxy Reading Therapy Dogs Gets Lots of Appreciation 10 of 10
    Roxy Reading Therapy Dogs Gets Lots of Appreciation
    The Program has received awards and honors from many schools and organizations for their work. Maybe you can help start a program like this where you live!

    Photo courtesy of Roxy Reading Dogs

Photos Courtesy of Diane Smith at Roxy Ready Therapy Dogs.

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