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Amazing kids read to rescue cats
Animal shelter wins all the loving as kids read to cats waiting to be adopted.
A US animal shelter is enjoying loads of attention after one of its Facebook Page photos went viral on Reddit, according to Huffington Post. We went along to the Animal Rescue League of Berks County’s page to see what all the fuss is about, and it’s a pretty special place.

If you think of animal shelters, you may picture gloomy cages full of depressed and unwanted pets, but not here. When a cat is adopted, the new family get to pose with their new pet and a trophy in front of a special red carpet wall for the “Acatemy Awards”.

The happiest animal shelter on earth?

But what’s really hooking people’s imagination (and heartstrings) are the pictures the League has put up of its Book Buddies programme: local kids between the ages of six and thirteen are invited to come and spend some time reading to the cats at the shelter. So these cats, instead of living in a state of solitary confinement, get regular companionship with some very loving children who volunteer their time.

It’s not a scam, either. On their page there are loads of pictures of kids chilling with cats and reading them stories. Not only that, but they also shared pictures of the special Christmas the animals got to have, with a visit from Santa and heaps of presents.

The calming world of animals

Kids often have a deep affinity towards animals, and animals love company. Sometimes kids aren’t able to keep pets at home or dream of working with animals someday and this gives them the perfect opportunity to have some fun with cats (and work on their reading skills).

In SA some animal shelters allow older children to come and help out, although we haven’t heard of any offering a space for kids to come and read. Perhaps it’s time an animal lover adopted this wonderful initiative locally.

Does your child love being around animals?

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