RSPCA NSW has partnered up with Clifford The Big Red Dog to launch an Animal Reading Program for the 2022 summer school holidays, allowing kids across the state to practice their reading skills by reciting the iconic book to shelter pets.

The program provides animals with companionship while also helping to improve children’s reading and social skills in a fun, engaging and safe way.

With its theatrical release on December 30, the Clifford The Big Red Dog books are sure to be a hit amongst both canines and kids, allowing them to follow Clifford’s magical adventures.

The Animal Reading Program was initially developed for primary students who needed additional support with reading skills, comprehension or social skills.

Young boy reads to Kali, an RSPCA NSW shelter animal seeking her fur-ever home.

Young boy reads to Grace, an RSPCA NSW shelter animal seeking her fur-ever home.

Through visiting RSPCA NSW shelters and reading to both dogs and cats in a non-judgmental environment away from the noise and pressure of a classroom, students were able to improve their confidence and fluency as well as overall enjoyment of reading.


Shelter animals also benefit from the program by being exposed to a variety of people in a calm and hands off situation where they can become familiar with different voices and age groups that they would meet in a home environment. This is especially important for fearful animals who benefit from socialisation where touch is not forced.

Click here to find out more or register for the RSPCA Animal Reading Program.