This month, we are highlighting a pair of therapy dogs: Simba and Zuri. Simba has received the gold award, the highest honor offered by Therapy Dogs International. He is a Disaster Stress Relief dog. Zuri is close to reaching her 150 visit mark.

These Rhodesian Ridgebacks are the stars of Conyers-Rockdale Library’s Paws for Reading program. Each month during the school year, elementary students gather to read to Simba and Zuri. Visit to find out about their next visit and meet their handlers: Chris and Nancy Ritchey. Curious about therapy dogs? Visit to learn more.