Children Read To Shelter Cats To Soothe Them


At Animal Rescue League of Berks County, children can read to shelter cats to soothe them. The cats adore them and are always delighted to have these little humans there to keep them company.

Children in grades 1-8 who are able to read at any level are welcome into the shelter to read to the cats at their adoption room. “The program will help children improve their reading skills while also helping the shelter animals. Cats find the rhythmic sound of a voice very comforting and soothing,” the shelter wrote.

Colby is cuddling with the kitty and reading him “I Will Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch.

children read with cats at animal rescue league book buddies

Isabel is reading to a very playful kitty.

children read with cats at animal rescue league book buddies

Sam, 1st grade & Ben, 2nd grade stopped by and became Book Buddies! The kitties loved them.

children read with cats at animal rescue league book buddies

Cassandra, 1st grader, is reading to two rambunctious kittens who are very excited to see her.

children read with cats at animal rescue league book buddies

8 year old Mattighan, a second grader, absolutely adores her furry friends and enjoys reading to them.

children read with cats at animal rescue league book buddies

Cohen, 1st grade, comes in to read to the kitties, giving them some cuddle time and him some practice with his reading skills.

children read with cats at animal rescue league book buddies

Cheyenne stopped in to read to the cats! She is working through some animal fear, and reading to the kitties is a nice relaxing way for her to get comfortable!

children read with cats at animal rescue league book buddies

Seth, a kindergarten student, is showing his kitty friend the book he’s reading.

children read with cats at animal rescue league book buddies

Timothy, a 5th grader, is reading a story to his 4-legged friends.

children read with cats at animal rescue league book buddies

Riley enjoyed his first volunteer experience and reading to the kitties.

children read with cats at animal rescue league book buddies

Photos by Animal Rescue League Of Berks County. Follow them on Facebook.

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17 Responses to “Children Read To Shelter Cats To Soothe Them”

  1. SKAN says:

    This is so awesome, what a great idea!

  2. Shelley says:

    What a wonderful program!

  3. Nick Blears says:

    Beautiful…..Kids look so happy too…better than a PS3

  4. Lisa Otto says:

    What a wonderful idea ! Every body is happy !

  5. rose says:

    and this is why i cnt wait to have kids
    my nieces and nephews would love this

  6. carole says:

    what a good idea.helping the animals and the children. bravo

  7. i have cat says:

    I’ve heard of this being done with children and dogs, but for the benefit of the children, to put them at ease when reading. This is new – i LOVE IT!

  8. Kitty crusader says:

    What a great idea with reciprocal benefits! Kitties become more comfortable around children and children gain confidence and feel the value of volunteering.

  9. Hazuki says:

    This has restored a tiny little bit of my faith in humanity. And this is why I’m so protective of kids; they are the only good, innocent hearts on this madhouse of a planet.

  10. Katie says:

    Colby is my son! I took his picture. We had no idea his picture would ever go viral like this!!! We’ve been contacted by good morning America, CNN and a couple newspapers from over seas!!!! I’m so very very proud of him!!!

  11. Donna C. says:

    What a wonderful way to develop compassion in these young people. I love these pictures and the smiles on all of God’s creatures.

  12. Carrie says:

    I love this idea – I can’t see many rescues would be able to do this because of liability issues. But to have children volunteer at shelters helps to socialize the kitties. Also you can find out which kitties are definitely not well suited for families with children.
    Right now my rescue is bracing for a very rough kitten season due to the warm weather.

  13. Nadia van leekwyck says:

    My faith in humans slightly restored…

  14. ingrid mott says:

    this is just so needed. Kids learning in so many ways: sharing, giving, improving skills, understanding cats, feeling good! Away from their computer games, away from the isolation of tv and its passive portrayal of violence and corruption.

    Loved

  15. Jessica says:

    What a great idea. Lovely to see them together.

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