IMG_1439Intermountain Therapy Animals – R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs Program) 

Romeo is a 6 year old Shih Tzu inherited by Ms. Swank when her mother passed away. Romeo and Ms. Swank volunteer in the READ program. It is a passion for both her and Romeo.

“The R.E.A.D. program improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to an animal. But not just any animal. R.E.A.D. companions are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner/handlers as a team, going to schools, libraries and many other settings as reading companions for children. R.E.A.D. is the first and foremost program that utilizes therapy animals to help kids improve their reading and communication skills and also teaches them to love books and reading. ” R.E.A.D. program (2014)

To learn more about this program please contact Kimberly Swank or you may visit the program’s web site at: