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Kids! Cats! Reading!

I hate cats, but even I have to admit that this is pretty adorable.

Berks Animal Rescue League in Berks County, Pennsylvania has an afterschool program for kids in grades 1-8. These kids visit the shelter and can read books to sheltered cats. How cute!

The program helps the kids develop their reading skills while giving the cats some much-needed social time. The only problem I see here is finding books that know-it-all, smug cats haven’t already read.

In all seriousness, the program sounds great. A lot of home-school kids, autistic kids, and parents who want their kids more exposed to animals have taken advantage of it.

And I’m probably one of the last people on earth to know about this, as this reading with cats program has recently been featured on Time Magazine, Buzzfeed, the Huff Post, Good Morning America, The Today Show, and a crapload of other sources.

Very cool when someone can creatively come up with an idea to address two problems—childhood literacy and mistreated animals—with one solution. Unfortunately, the dogs of Berks County Animal Rescue League have filed a class action discrimination lawsuit.

More on the program here.

(Image: Berks County Animal Rescue League)

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  1. Brandon #

    Dogs forever! Cats are stupid! Rabble rabble rabble! Four legs good, two legs bad!

    But srsly, that’s adorable. I also like how adults can get in on it. I generally prefer my books to be a private escape, but sometimes it’s fun (even as an adult) to have a bit of social reading time. It’s good for everyone.

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    March 24, 2014
  2. Sam #

    You’re not the last, I hadn’t heard of this before either. What a sweet idea. I don’t think the dogs would sit still long enough to get through an entire book.

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    March 24, 2014
  3. Lucille #

    Where I live, specially-trained dogs (“Stop jumping on the child and listen,,Spot!”);are in libraries and some schools being read to by children. But the cat-listeners are new to me. I can see it; my two kitties sit next to me when I read and I don’t even have to read out loud.

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    March 24, 2014
  4. I heard about this story on the local news too (living in Philly PA) and thought is was such a neat idea! Thanks for reminding me of this adorable idea through your blog.

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    March 24, 2014
  5. This sounds like a great program! There have been a couple of dogs that we used in the classroom for kids to read to, but my cat would NEVER stand for weird kids trying to make her listen. A lot of children are too embarrassed to even tell their teachers that they have problems with reading, or anxiety in front of their peers. This is a wonderful way for them to work on that! (and a super cute picture!)
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    March 24, 2014
  6. My mom is a children’s librarian, and they have kids reading to dogs at her library. I’m much more of a dog person, so I’ve gotta say I prefer that option!

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    March 24, 2014
  7. I wonder if the books about Dewey, the library cat in Spencer, Iowa, was the source for this inspiration? My son would love this!

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    March 24, 2014
  8. Don’t hate cats! There is a lot to recommend them. Mine, however, prefers listening to talkback radio over anyone reading aloud to her.

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    March 24, 2014
  9. Reblogged this on Charlotte Gerber.

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    March 24, 2014
  10. Would recommend “Bunnicula”. It’s about a cat who reads. But he has started taking the books too seriously. When the humans bring home a bunny, the cat begins to suspect that it is a vampire rabbit.

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    March 24, 2014
  11. hey ıt’s so amazing !!

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    March 28, 2014

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