Education Program

Acadiana Animal Aid’s Education Program utilizes a Therapy dog to visit second-grade students in Lafayette parish schools, community centers, YMCAs, libraries, and children’s clubs.

Our service dogs are trained, captivated listeners, and their affection and attention can help children learning to read to develop more self-confidence in their reading skills and enhance their overall reading abilities. During these visits, Children read to the dog, are provided with educational material and a small stuffed animal that they can read to at home and help them develop a passion for reading and animals.

Please help us keep this program going so more Acadiana children can benefit from this wonderful opportunity.

Some Of Our Most Powerful Advocates Are Still In The Classroom, So We Thought:

“What better way to educate about animals than to educate WITH animals?”

As a result – our amazing volunteers have developed the following programs

I Read to Animals

Volunteers and therapy dogs encourage children in grades K-3 to practice their reading skills, without judgment, in our local schools and summer programs. The children get a stuffed animal that they adopt and make a pledge to care for and the books read during these sessions are donated to the school libraries. This program is funded by Cox Charities.

Jr. Volunteer

Children ages 10-15 visit our shelter two Saturdays a month to learn how to properly care for and advocate for dogs and cats.