In Pennsylvania there is an animal shelter called, The Animal Rescue League of Berks County, the shelter runs an unusual programme called 'Book Buddies' for their homeless cats. The programme encourages children to come in and read to the cats - who find the company and rhythmic sound of the reading extremely comforting.
The children benefit from building up 'rewards tickets' every visit and improving their reading skills but I imagine the real reward comes from having a special animal friend. Cats can be extremely soothing and for children who don't or can't have pets this programme is the next best thing.
In the picture shared on Reddit a young boy called Colby is reading "I will love you forever" by Robert Munsch to his kitty friend. Look at them. This photo gets me right in the heart, I just have to imagine that Colby adopted his cat friend and they lived happily ever after!
|Image from www.facebook.com/berksARL|
Either way this a fantastic programme and I've included some more images from the shelter's facebook page below. Enjoy!
If you're interested in learning more about the shelter check out their Facebook page.