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Kids Reading to Shelter Cats Will Destroy You

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The cat lovers might want to sit down, because this is gonna be a doozy. There is, it turns out, an animal shelter in Pennsylvania where children regularly read picture books to shelter cats. The kids get to practice their reading skills, while soothing and helping socialize the kitties.

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The photos are devastatingly adorable.

According to the Animal Rescue League of Berks County (via 22 Words), "Book Buddies" got its start when a staffer encouraged her own son to practice his reading while hanging out with the cats. It worked so well they turned it into a formal volunteer program. I actually can't, you guys:

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Illustration for article titled Kids Reading to Shelter Cats Will Destroy You
Illustration for article titled Kids Reading to Shelter Cats Will Destroy You

The photos were first spotted by Reddit; more pics here! Since then, the photos have gotten pickup far and wide. The shelter's communications honcho tells us they've heard from shelters in L.A., Chicago and New York about starting similar programs.

Wonder if they'll accept adult volunteers? I need someone to read Middlemarch with.

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Photos courtesy The Animal Rescue League of Berks County

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Erin Gloria Ryan

When I volunteered at an animal shelter in Chicago, we used to reach out to people who adopted the dogs for follow ups/ updates and one time the update from the adoptive family detailed how their little boy had trouble reading in front of people and so he practiced by reading to their little shelter dog and I swear to god I cried for like half an hour.

I'm dead. I'm 100% dead.