Read to shelter cats and kittens!

Book Tails provides children the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of shelter pets while building confidence and improving reading skills.

This is a great opportunity that allows children who are still too young to participate in our regular volunteer program to get involved with the shelter and spend some
time with animals. Children must be accompanied by a parent during this event.

We do have some books available at the shelter, but you’re welcome to bring your own if you’ve got a favorite story you want to share!

Who: Readers aged 7-13 years old

What: Sit and read to our adoptable cats and kittens

Where: The Kauai Humane Society

When: The 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 1-3 p.m.

This event is free, but a donation would be appreciated.

Though some cats and kittens may not appear to be paying attention, they are enjoying your company. Read at your normal voice level so as to not disrupt other readers and remember cats can hear much better than humans, so don’t worry about the cats not hearing you.


Registration closes at 6pm the Friday before.

Participants are welcome to come anytime during the reading program time, 1-3 p.m. We suggest reading for 30 minutes!

To help make our readers feel more comfortable, we ask that parents or guardians sit on the benches outside of the adoption rooms. We will have volunteers in the rooms to help readers if they need it.

Parents are welcome to come meet the kitties their child read to once they are done!

Sign up using the form below.

Why can't my child who is less than 7 years of age participate?

This program is focused on children reading on their own to animals in order to build
confidence and improve their reading skills. By age 7 most children are able to start reading on their own and this program hopes to improve that skillset.

Why can’t I (a parent) sit with my child while they read?

Though we believe reading with your child is a wonderful bonding experience this program
aims at children bonding with cats. Some other participants may find an adult’s presence
intimidating if they have difficulty reading. We want to ensure the readers feel no judgment or pressure.

Can I walk around the shelter while my child reads?

Due to COVID and safety we are not able to allow you to walk the shelter unescorted. Please
remain on the bench during the program until your reader has finished. Please feel free to bring a book you enjoy.