• Please Note:

    We are over capacity! We are no longer accepting surrenders for any dogs, cats or small critters unless it is an urgent emergency. Please call 402-441-4488 ext 2 to be placed on a waitlist.

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Read to A Shelter Pet

An exciting new pilot program for children ages 7-12 to read aloud to adoptable cats at the Capital Humane Society's Pieloch Pet Adoption Center. 
The mission of the Read to A Shelter Pet Program is to provide enrichment for the cats in our care, provide opportunities to involve youth in animal welfare while practicing literacy skills in a judgment free environment! 



  • Click to learn more and sign up for orientation!


    Parent or guardian is required to have an active email address

    Junior volunteers must be between 7-12 years of age

    All Junior Volunteers must be accompanied by their parent/legal guardian at all times

    The adult to child ratio for Junior Volunteers must be 1:1 (one adult to one child)

    The parent/legal guardian is responsible for attending all required training with and/or on behalf of the Junior Volunteer

    The parent/legal guardian is responsible for following all policies and procedures, and ensuring the Junior Volunteer is following the rules set forth by the organization

    All volunteer onboarding, and paperwork, must be completed and signed by the parent/legal guardian of the Junior Volunteer.

    The parent/legal guardian must meet the Essential Capabilities of Volunteers requirements

    The parent/legal guardian cannot have a documented history of neglect or abuse towards animals

    The parent/legal guardian must successfully complete a Volunteer Release of Liability

    Step 1: Click here to attend the Read To A Shelter Pet Orientation Session

    At orientation you'll get a chance to learn about the history and mission of Capital Humane Society as well as the programs and services we offer to the community.  We cover important information regarding the purpose of our "Read To Shelter Pet" program and the impact it can have for the kitties and kiddos of our community!  You'll receive training on how to sign up for shifts, where to find supplies during your time at the shelter, and all the "do's and don'ts" to ensure everyone stays safe while enriching the lives of the cats in our care.  The presentation is followed by a tour of the facility as well as a Q&A session.  Orientations are limited to 15 people, last 60 minutes, and occur 1x a month.

    Step 2: Submit An Application & Complete All Paperwork

    After attending orientation you will receive a link to submit a formal application which will allow us to collect important personal and demographic information as well as give you access to required waivers! 

    Step 3: Sign Up For Shifts!

    Once your application has been submitted it will be reviewed by our team and accepted.  You will receive a follow up email with a link to the Read To A Shelter Pet calendar.  Using this calendar you will be able to see the available shifts and sign up whenever works with your schedule!  There is no minimum time commitment, however, if you are inactive for longer than 6 months you will need to attend the orientation again before you are able to sign up for more shifts.