Dundas West Animal Hospital in Toronto unites kids and cats in a special program that not only teaches the kids how to care for cats, but boosts their own literacy according to veterinarian Dr. Scott Bainbridge.
Every Tuesday afternoon, Bainbridge and staff invite children come in and read aloud to abandoned felines provided by Toronto Cat Rescue as part of their Kitty Litter-a-ture program. In addition to honing the kids’ reading skills, it teaches them how to feed and care for the cats, as well as helps socialize the animas while they wait for their forever homes, added hospital manager Zoe Papageorgiou, who went on to explain that two kids are permitted to come into the cat area with their parents at a time.
“The program is becoming more and more popular, and so far about 50 cats have found homes as a result,” she added.
To learn more contact the Dundas West Animal hospital, 2160 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ONT. M6R 1X3 Canada 416 535-8387.