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Student reading to a dog through Listening Ears.

The Virginia Beach SPCA is excited about our award-winning Listening Ears program! This innovative and educational program is designed to help both new and reluctant readers develop their reading skills. Reading to an animal can create a tranquil and less threatening atmosphere for children who find reading challenging. In addition, reading to a furry friend creates a non-judgmental and fun atmosphere for most children, and helps send the message that reading can be an enjoyable and worthwhile activity. 

Listening EarsChildren will have one-on-one sessions, on a weekly basis, with animals and VBSPCA volunteers for at least 6 weeks. Schools may sign up for more than one session depending on volunteer availability.

Watch our commercial about the Listening Ears program

If you are interested in having a Listening Ears volunteer visit your school, or you'd like to be an Listening Ears volunteer, please contact: or 427-0070 x 112.