Hey, kids! Read to a PAL dog on Zoom!

Five days a week, PAL dogs are listening to kids read on Zoom. This is a fun, low-stress way for kids to gain skills and confidence reading aloud. During the free 30-minute sessions, children read to two different PAL dogs. Join us!

(Awesome photo by Michael Kranefeld, parent of one of our young readers.)

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Our mission

To use the human-animal bond to comfort the lonely, ease the pain of the sick and enrich the world of children.

How awesome is that!

daisy (john shore) with girl in pink top

PAL teams make 2,000+ visits a year.

PAL dogs and handlers visit 100+ Washington DC area hospitals, nursing homes, libraries, jails, schools and more.

Your group might benefit from a PAL visit.

Tell us what you have in mind. Our schedule is tight, but we try to honor as many requests as we can.

Is your dog interested in joining?

We invite friendly, gentle animals (and humans) to join the PAL family.


Grieving the loss of a beloved pet?

Speak with one of our grief counselors

Text or leave a message at 202-966-2171. One of our professional counselors will contact you, usually within hours. It's free.


Please consider giving.

We depend on the kindness and generosity of individuals like you, who share a passion to make this world a better place through the power of the human-animal bond. Will you help?