Become a Dog Team in our programs!


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Various Locations Throughout ChicagoChicago, IL 60657


We at SitStayRead believe that reading should be fun for all children, and that being literate is one of the best ways to get out of poverty. So, we go into the classrooms during the school day into low-income CPS schools with our reading and writing program! The best part? We go in with teams of trained human and dog volunteers!

A Dog Team is a one human volunteer with their Certified Reading Assistance Dog who will work together with the teams of Book Buddies in the room to provide individual attention to each student by having the students read outloud to the dogs. They will implement literacy interventions formulated by SitStayRead, which include a reading and writing component. Dog Teams love working with kids, can read in multiple styles with children, can write clearly, will follow written instructions, and works well in a team. Our dogs have the best temperament to be in the classroom, love to be social, love kids, and can stay calm in a (sometimes) busy environment! Having good recall and recovery skills with their owner is what our dogs are tested on.

The commitment is one hour a week for 6-8 weeks, depending on the grade level.


  • People Skills
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Animal Therapy
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Reading / Writing

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 hour a week, during the day, for 6-8 weeks
  • Dog Teams will also need to go through a Dog Team Info Session and all dogs need to pass a Test

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