The Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Berks County, Pennsylvania have implemented the “Book Buddies” program, a novel way to bring together shelter cats wanting companionship and school-age children wanting to improve their reading skills.
Children in grades 1-8 who are able to read at any level may come into the shelter to read to the cats in our adoption room. Similar programs at other shelters across the country have seen the benefits the program has to offer. 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