BARK is an all-volunteer program that encourages children to increase their reading skills and self-confidence by
reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. Students find it intimidating to read in front of classmates, but love to read to the non-judgmental, calming dogs. BARK now has teams listening to kids in more than 60 schools and libraries.
When available, BARK teams visit nursing homes, senior living facilities, hospice, veterans centers, and even college students during finals week.
Our teams are mainly in Southern California, but we have a couple dogs who have moved to Washington and Idaho.
BARK is a trademarked name and cannot be used without permission from BARK Therapy Dogs.
Go to Evaluations to see how
you can become a BARK team with your dog.
Go to Volunteer or Donate to find out how you can help BARK.