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 between the ages of 1 and 8 are invited into the shelter to read to cats in the adoption room. The shelter says similar programs at other shelters have been beneficial to the animals, kids, and the shelter.
Children are able to improve their reading skills while helping the animals. The shelter says cats find the rhythmic sound of a voice very comforting and soothing.
The Berks County ARL accepts donations through their site. They are also on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.