For Ages 5–12

                                                    CAT TALES

Children in grades K-6 who are able to read at any level may come into the shelter to read to the cats in one of our two cat social rooms, when accompanied by an adult partner. Cat Tales will encourage reading, improve skills and help our cats by offering quiet, kind and loving human interaction and companionship. Bring your own book or choose one from our cat library. One short initial orientation session is required.

Register for the program with the Volunteer Services and Programs Director.

The next Cat Tales orientation will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.   Please email

to reserve your spot!

Fundraising and Events

Many young people initiate and organize their own fundraising activity or event to benefit the shelter. Some examples of recent efforts include: car wash, food and other goods drive at school, pancake breakfast fundraiser, birthday party donations for the shelter in lieu of gifts, selling raffle tickets at sporting and other events, making catnip toys for cats and fleece blankets for the animals’ kennels. We would love to hear your ideas!

How to Get Started

Kids wanting to participate in the Cat Tales program must fill out a program application that must be signed by a parent or guardian. Youth 16 -18 may fill out the standard volunteer application for adult volunteer opportunities.

Download Application

Requirements for adults partnering with youth participants

To be a partner to a youth participant you must be the youth's parent, guardian, or assigned representative over the age of 21.

“Animals feel so many of the same emotions as we do, they just speak a different language.”

— Jan, NHHS Volunteer and alum pet parent