Youth Volunteer Programs

Humane Education



P.A.L.S. is a Rescue Village club for kids ages 8 to 13 who are serious about animals and animal welfare. Kids meet twice a month at Rescue Village to help take care of and socialize the shelter animals, assist with shelter needs, learn about humane law and pet-related issues, and create or participate in special events to promote Rescue Village programs and services. This year-round program has an annual membership fee of $180, which helps cover the cost of T-shirts, supplies, and staffing. This program does not require parental involvement or accompaniment to Rescue Village. For more information, contact our Education Coordinator at 440.338.4819 ext. 20 or email

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Reading Program

The Rescue Village Reading Program was designed to help our shelter animals become more adoptable. Reading helps bring comfort to and reduce the anxiety of shelter animals and nurtures empathy in children. Reading also helps shy animals learn to relax around people and kids and teaches high energy animals that calm behavior is desirable. And we all know, it’s a great way for kids to practice their reading skills.

NOTE: One parent is required to attend the training and must accompany the child every time they come to read. Closed-toed, rubber-soled shoes are required to protect your feet and give better traction when walking through animal areas. New readers need to attend ONE 30-minute training session, then will be given a schedule of available reading hours.

To get started, e-mail