PLEASE NOTE: In compliance with the legal order issued for six Bay Area counties, ARF is suspending most regular programs and services until further notice. - Click here for the most up-to-date information.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and the statewide shelter-in-place order, all ARF Youth Programs are currently suspended. Please click here for the most up-to-date information.
Reading aloud becomes something extraordinary when sharing a book with a dog! All Ears Reading® pairs young readers with a Pet Hug Pack® therapy dog to help children improve skills, instill confidence, and develop a love of reading. Studies by University of California Davis in partnership with ARF and Nestle Purina Petcare Company confirm the numerous benefits of dogs as calming, non-judgmental reading partners.
All Ears Reading® is a free program for children in first through fifth grade and is offered year-round at several Contra Costa County library locations. Pre-registration at the library is required. For information on starting a program at your library or school, contact the Pet Hug Pack Coordinator.
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Walnut Creek, CA 94598
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ARF is a 501(c)(3).
Our tax ID is 68-0240341.
ARF has received Charity Navigator's highest 4-star rating for 13 years running.