Founded in 2007, 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 170 teams listening to kids in more than 100 schools and
libraries in California.
BARK teams also visit nursing homes, senior living facilities, veterans centers, and even de-stress college students during finals week.