Pet ownership already has so many benefits, including treating depression and just plain-old companionship, but a program out of Berks County, Pa., has found a whole new benefit to our cuddly friends: Helping struggling kids to read.
But the program isn't just helping the kids to read—it's helping the dogs and cats at the shelter learn to socialize with humans so they have a better chance to be adopted in the future. “It doesn’t matter to them [the cats] what the book is about, how well the child is reading to them or anything like that,” said volunteer Kristi Rodriguez. “They just love the one-on-one contact that the kids provide.”
A mutually beneficial program helping our kids get smarter and make shelter animals happier? We're on board.