Homeless cats join book club

Last updated at 16:36
Girl reading to catAnimal Rescue of Berks County

An animal shelter in America are hosting a book club for cats.

It's part of a scheme to improve local children's reading abilities developed by the Animal Rescue League of Berks County.

The Book Buddies Program began in August and invites readers aged six to 13 to read stories to some furry friends.

The rescue centre cares for 10,000 animals each year and all the cats are waiting to be adopted.

Children reading to catsAnimal Rescue of Berks County

A rescue worker came up with the idea for Book Buddies after her ten-year-old son was able to improve his skills by reading to cats at the centre.

According to research at Tufts University in Massachusetts pets are a source of support and human-animal interaction can make the learning process more comfortable and enjoyable for children.

Children who participate in the program not only get to interact with the adorable cats, but they can also earn prizes which encourages them to read more!