Being in a shelter can be a lonely life for an animal. There are plenty of staff members there to tend to the animal's needs, of course, but in the end the best possible thing for an animal is a loving forever home. That's why one animal shelter came up with a program to make the waiting process a little less lonely.
The Animal Rescue League of Berks County started Book Buddies. The program invites children in grades one through eight to come to the animal shelter to read to cats who are waiting to be adopted. It's designed to help socialize and soothe the cats, and also to provide the readers with more confidence in their reading skills.