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Do you have a child that loves to read? Or maybe needs to sharpen their reading comprehension? The MAC Fetch-A-Book program helps ease the difficulty of reading comprehension by having a furry friend to read with!

How it Works:

Virtual Option - Check out the recorded episodes below to read along together! Kiddos and pets can enjoy a safe distance while still participating in the FAB fun!

Dog Days of Summer Option - Starting May 31st! - Visit MAC and have your child read a book to their new furry friend! Starting May 31st, kids and their parents can register online and reserve a time to come in and read to the animals waiting for new homes at MAC. Choose from a library of pet-themed books, and have your child work their way up the designated levels to be a "Top Dog"!


  • Happy Hamster - 2 visits - earn a sticker!
  • Brilliant Bird - 5 visits - earn a FAB bookmark!
  • Bouncy Bunny - 10 visits - earn a rubber bracelet!
  • Kool Kitty - 15 visits - earn a special book of your own to add to your library!
  • Top Dog - 20 visits - receive a FAB t-shirt AND name an animal at MAC!

Sign Up Now to Participate in FAB at MAC

Fetch A Book at Local Libraries

Every Thursday, starting June 2nd, MAC and FAB volunteers will be at the Chattanooga Public Library - Downtown Branch from 3 to 4 PM for a special reading session! An adoptable animal will be there for kids to interact with, read to and learn more about. No pre-registration is needed to attend this weekly event!

Fetch A Book Visits Schools! - Coming Fall 2022

Watch the Latest Virtual Episodes

Check back every week on Tuesday for the newest episode!


Ep. 1 - Harry the Dirty Dog

Join volunteer Mary and her furry friend as they read this weeks book, Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion! This fun and timeless story a dog named Harry decides he doesn't want to take a bath. He runs away and becomes a black dog with white spots, instead of his original white dog with black spots! During his adventure he learns the meaning of home. It is a timeless story with a lovable main character.

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Ep. 2 - I Want a Dog

This week volunteer Taylor and her friend Blade settle in to read I Want a Dog written & illustrated by Jon Agee. The story follows a little girls journey as she looks for the perfect dog at a wonderfully unusual animal shelter. She's met with many different fun & unique creatures, but she has made up her mind that she wants a dog!

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Ep. 3 - Buddy Unchained

This week volunteer Noah and his furry friend Chyenne sit down to read this weeks book, Buddy Unchained by Daisy Bix! Buddy Unchained is a deeply moving book that follows the story of a dog who is abandoned by a family who didn't care for him, but is then adopted by a family who gives him the happiest life of love and care that he deserves. The book highlights just how wonderful adoption is for any dog, but especially those who come from heartbreaking conditions.

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Ep. 4 - Dog Show

Volunteer Noah is back again this week, this time with long-term resident Crest to read Dog Show by Elizabeth Winthrop. This adorable book tells the story of an enthusiastic owner, and his not-so excited dog who compete in many categories of a local dog show. Is there one where they will come out on top? Check out this weeks episode to find out!


Ep. 5 - A Home for Copper

This week, volunteer Kalina and her puppy friend Bongo sit down to read this weeks book, A Home for Copper by Susan Carter-Storie. This heartwarming story follows the life of a puppy who loses his family on the street, and what he goes through to eventually end up with his furr-ever family!

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Ep. 6 - What Will I Do With My Love Today?

Join volunteer Clare as she and her shelter pal, Gus Gus, read New York Times Bestselling Author Kristen Chenoweth's, "What Will I Do With My Love Today?" Through delightful rhyme and a fun story of a child's act of generosity, actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth shares the powerful message that the more love you give, the more love you have left over - and adoption is one of the most loving gifts of all!

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Ep. 7 - Before You Were Mine

Join volunteer Aubrey and her friend Sugar Mildred as they sit down to read Before You Were Mine, by Maribeth Boelts. This story follows the story of a little boy who wonders about the life of his wonderful shelter dog before his family adopted him from a shelter. But the most important thing is that now, he can be shown all the love he's been missing. Because this dog is home.


Ep. 8 - Clifford Makes a Friend

Join volunteer Kalina and her friend Arden as they sit down for a simple, yet adorable read of Clifford Makes a Friend, by Norman Bridwell. This short, simply story follows Clifford and the boy who becomes his friend. This read along would be perfect for any beginner readers!


Ep. 9 - Buffy's Revenge

Volunteer Kalina is back, this time with her friend Saucy Susie! Settle in as they sit down to read Buffy's Revenge by David M. Sargent Jr. This story follows the tale of two jealous dachshunds as they plot to attack a Pomeranian and rip out her fur, but the Pomeranian gets her revenge and teaches us how taking the high road is always the best way to go.

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Ep. 10 - Max Talks to Me

Settle in with Lela as we read this weeks book, Max Talks to Me. This story follows Alex & his dog Max as they quickly become best friends. This endearing story demonstrates how pets can easily become your best friend!

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Ep. 11 - Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Join volunteer Mary and Gryffindor as they sit down to read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a Bestselling American children's book written by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert, and published by Simon & Schuster in 1989. The book features anthropomorphized letters and charted on The New York Times Best Seller list For Children's Books in 2000.

Have a Question?

We are happy to help! Please reach out to volunteercoor@mckameyanimalcenter.org for any questions about this program.