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Marley's Mutts, a rescue program in Bakersfield, CA, provides a service called Barks & Books to help local children. Students read to their rescue dogs, which is an incentive for the children to read and promotes confidence in their reading ability since the dogs are non-judgmental. It also helps the rescue dogs who get personal attention and love.
AKC Canine Partners is a program for all dogs,including rescues, and dogs in the program are eligible for the AKC Therapy Dog title honor.