These may be the cutest “study buddies” you’ve ever seen.
The dogs and cats at Bitter Root Humane Society in Hamilton, Montana, have some new visitors. Once a week, students from the Keystone to Discovery Enrichment program, a non-profit after-school project for behaviorally or academically at-risk youth, volunteer their time to read stories to the shelter animals awaiting adoption. Not only do the kids get to strengthen their reading skills, but the animals benefit greatly, as well.
“We’ve seen that the sound of their voices is soothing for the dogs and cats. It is relaxing to the dogs to hear those calm and steady voices,” said Ria Overholt, the program’s director, to the Ravalli Republic.
Although the children in the after-school program can choose from many different activities, from sports to robotics, some students choose to read at the shelter week after week.
“Every week I come home from here and ask my mom if I can take one home,” sixth-grader Brayden Rogers told the Republic.
There are now plans to extend the reading visits through the summertime.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, 6-8 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters every year, but only 3-4 million are adopted each year.
via Huffington Post