Kids read books to cats at Animal Rescue League of Berks County

It's a win-win situation for kiddos and kitties: Children can practice reading while shelter cats get the love and affection they need.

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Pennsylvania, has has instituted a program called "Book Buddies" in which children grades 1-8 can read to homeless cats at the shelter.

According to TIME Magazine, when the kids finish reading five books, they receive a prizes like stickers, pretzels and more.

The shelter claims that it offers kids the chance to practice their reading skills and the cats find the sound of the human voice comforting and soothing.

Earlier this month, "Book Buddies" received national attention after a photo of a boy reading to a cat at the Animal Rescue League was posted to Reddit. 

Despite website glitches due to high traffic, the Animal Rescue League expressed gratitude on its Facebook page for the outpouring of support following the viral Reddit post.

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