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Kids Read to Cats With the "Book Buddies Program" [w/pix]
I Can Has Cheezburger? ^

Posted on 02/11/2014 9:01:45 PM PST by Slings and Arrows

The Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Berks County, PA have started the "Book Buddies" program that brings children together with shelter cats that need companionship and provides the kids a furry friend to read to.

Children in grades 1-8 who are able to read at any level may come into the shelter to read to the cats in our adoption room. Similar programs at other shelters across the country have seen the benefits the program has to offer. The program will help children improve their reading skills while also helping the shelter animals. Cats find the rhythmic sound of a voice very comforting and soothing.

(Excerpt) Read more at cheezburger.com ...


TOPICS: Education; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: kittyping

More pix at source. Thanks to Gefn for the story!

1 posted on 02/11/2014 9:01:45 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; devane617; ...

2 posted on 02/11/2014 9:02:11 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

A direct link would help, all I get is a monster index of articles.


3 posted on 02/11/2014 9:06:38 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: Slings and Arrows

Awwwwww.....how sweet.


4 posted on 02/11/2014 9:16:35 PM PST by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: doorgunner69

When I clicked the link it went right to the article. *shrug*


5 posted on 02/11/2014 9:17:41 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Kittehs don’t wants stories.... Dey wants treats.


6 posted on 02/11/2014 9:25:56 PM PST by Bullish (America should yank Obama like a rotten tooth before he poisons the entire body)
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To: Slings and Arrows
I dunno, all I get is the master index. Oh well, sure it was good....
7 posted on 02/11/2014 9:30:53 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: Slings and Arrows
What a great way for kids to practice reading. They are learning and don't even realize it.
8 posted on 02/11/2014 9:44:29 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: doorgunner69

What browser are you using?


9 posted on 02/11/2014 9:48:44 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: hinckley buzzard
What a great way for kids to practice reading. They are learning and don't even realize it.

Ssssssh!

10 posted on 02/11/2014 9:49:09 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Bullish

These seem to like stories just fine.


11 posted on 02/11/2014 9:49:30 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Love it!


12 posted on 02/11/2014 9:54:34 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I wonder if the kids ever finish the book?
I’d be petting....and petting....and hugging....and squeezing....


13 posted on 02/11/2014 9:59:42 PM PST by Danette
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To: Danette

I’ve learned to do all of those things while reading. My cats don’t take “no” for an answer.


14 posted on 02/11/2014 10:01:41 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Firefox.

No worries, I did a search for "kids" on the index page and found the pix and article.

15 posted on 02/11/2014 10:11:17 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: Danette; Slings and Arrows

Me-ow too!!

I would pet the kitty and forget to read!


16 posted on 02/11/2014 10:20:06 PM PST by Gefn (No whammies)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Fred Nerks

Slings, I don’t know if Fred is on your list - but FN - this looks good!

I don’t read to my cats but I do sing and play guitar for them and they love it. One tries to climb up on my lap and puts his wapka (paw) on the strings. He always does that. Or sometimes they just sit around my feet and close their eyes.


17 posted on 02/11/2014 10:20:20 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Shameless feline propaganda.

Utterly shameless. :)


18 posted on 02/11/2014 10:40:33 PM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: little jeremiah; Slings and Arrows
I'm here! I've taught mine to read. She sits in front of the screen most of the time I'm on FR. Next, I'm going to join her up and make her the first kitteh-freeper! Of course she's learning how to use the keyboard, why else would she be walking all over it? I've got a special brush I use to sweep the dear, sweet little darling's hair out from between the keys.

I've been teaching her to get her own dinner, too.

19 posted on 02/11/2014 11:25:04 PM PST by Fred Nerks
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To: Altariel

Works too.


20 posted on 02/11/2014 11:25:12 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: little jeremiah

Is he trying to strum or mute? ;^)


21 posted on 02/11/2014 11:26:26 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

The first photo with the boy and the Orange tabby looks like a Norman Rockwell portrait.


22 posted on 02/11/2014 11:57:04 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

It does!


23 posted on 02/12/2014 12:03:43 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Slings.. that picture is adorable! The little boy’s face and the kitty’s face are so serene. Beautiful! If that was my little boy, we’d have an orange cat in the house as soon as the application went through. Hugs!


24 posted on 02/12/2014 2:47:32 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Slings and Arrows
I stopped reading to my cat when I discovered she wasn't listening to a word I said.......

As far as companionship, whenever I leave the house I just turn the tv on and give her the remote.......

25 posted on 02/12/2014 3:28:59 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (I think I've lost my mojo.....)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Thanks, Slings! Those pictures are just delightful. Everybody looks very happy.


26 posted on 02/12/2014 5:39:25 AM PST by TheOldLady
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To: Slings and Arrows

Oh, he loves the sound, he’s trying to help. When he could see well, he used to put his paw on hub’s tools, like a wrench, when he’s working. He’s human inside (more than many humans, I may add).

He and his sister are blind now, his sister is about 100%, it’s been gradual; he’s almost blind but has some sight, hard to tell how much. They were offspring of cats dropped off in the woods around here; irresponsible subhumans let their cats breed indiscriminately and a recessive gene caused the blindness. That’s what the vet said.

They get around very well as long as we don’t move things around too much.


27 posted on 02/12/2014 6:28:33 AM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: Bullish

Mine don’t want to read. They want lubs. Lots of lubs.


28 posted on 02/12/2014 7:10:04 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Gefn

Wonderful pictures! My favorite is the one at the top of the thread. Kitteh looks almost relaxed enough to fall asleep.

Maybe the cats actually like the soft tone and gentle cadence of the kids’ reading voices.


29 posted on 02/12/2014 7:27:12 AM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: Slings and Arrows

You have pushy-cats, too!


30 posted on 02/12/2014 7:43:59 AM PST by Silentgypsy (Make sure she doesnÂ’t get ahold of the gom jabbar)
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To: Silentgypsy

That I do.


31 posted on 02/12/2014 7:46:13 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

When my kids were young, we volunteered at the local no-kill shelter. They were volunteer cat-petters. We’d go a couple times a month, and they’d pet/play with the cats while I did other work around the shelter. It helped keep the cats used to children and more adoptable.


32 posted on 02/12/2014 8:15:51 AM PST by Hoffer Rand (If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. *Asterisk.*)
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To: little jeremiah

They sound like great kitties. Please give them some petting for me.


33 posted on 02/12/2014 9:56:19 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I think I’d better be added to your ping list.

I need good news once in a while!


34 posted on 02/12/2014 11:06:09 AM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: little jeremiah

Welcome aboard!


35 posted on 02/12/2014 11:16:17 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Best palzy walszy in the world is his orange cat..such a sweet picture.


36 posted on 02/13/2014 12:02:25 AM PST by itssme
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To: itssme

Heartwarming. Really.


37 posted on 02/13/2014 12:16:07 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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