Book Buddies is available to children at select times during our regular business hours.
Program Overview Children in grades 1-8 who are able to read at any level are invited to the shelter to read to the cats in our adoption room. The program will help children improve their reading skills while also helping the shelter animals by providing socialization and human interaction. Cats find the rhythmic sound of a voice very comforting and soothing. Children can read in a non-judgmental environment and find support and comfort with the cats. The Book Buddies Program was implemented in 2013 by a staff member who thought her son, Sean, would benefit by reading to the cats. He loved it–and the program was born. Sean’s story is similar to those of many other children who have participated in Book Buddies. The program has grown within our community and is taken advantage of by home-schooled children; Brownie Troops; parents who want to expose their children to animals; parents of autistic children; and more.
Want to participate?
- Both parent and child must attend an orientation session before reading to the cats.
- At these orientations, we will provide more information about Book Buddies and discuss rules and tips on “reading” a cat’s mood.
- Space is limited, please click HERE to go to our volunteer page and view and register for an upcoming orientation.
At times, free-roaming cat colonies may be closed due to special circumstances, such as a large intake of cats with behavioral or medical issues. During these times, children are welcome to read to our cats in the lobby instead. Volunteers are encourage to call the shelter first to ask about colony availability.