Mews and Nips: Book Buddies Program a Win for Cats and Children


The Animal Rescue League of Berks County, PA’s Book Buddies program is one of those win win deals that just make your heart sing. The program allows children between the ages of 1 and 8 to come to the shelter and read to the cats. These programs have been around for a while for dogs, but this is the first I’ve heard of one being used with cats. The program help children improve their reading skills while also helping the cats with socialization.

BuzzFeed recently shared a gallery of photos from the Book Buddies program after the photo above went viral on social network Reddit. The photos are absolutely wonderful.

If If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we told you all about cat scratch disease, on Tuesday, we provided information about a new cat allergy study, and on Wednesday, Allegra showed off her bed making skills. And don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a $50 gift certificate from RC Tees!

Today’s video shows a determined tortie on a toilet paper caper. Does your cat steal toilet paper? Allegra and Ruby both did it when they were younger, but they were more into toilet paper art (aka shredding) than taking it for a walk they way this kitty does!


Photo of boy reading to cat via Buzzfeed


3 Comments on Mews and Nips: Book Buddies Program a Win for Cats and Children

  1. Nancy Blue Moon
    February 15, 2014 at 11:09 pm (7 years ago)

    Just beautiful!

  2. Sue Brandes
    February 15, 2014 at 5:36 pm (7 years ago)

    What a wonderful program! Love the kitty video. I used to have a kitty that loved toilet paper and paper towels.

  3. toni / rctees
    February 15, 2014 at 8:17 am (7 years ago)

    What an amazing program, so good for the cats AND the kids benefit as well (some of the sweetest photos I’ve ever seen). And that video…..Hazel….Hazel…..*giggle*


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