OCHS hosts Book Buddies program

 Children can practice their reading skills and socialize with adoptable cats each Saturday at the Oktibbeha County Humane Society as a part of their Book Buddies program. (Submitted photo)
Staff Writer

Book lovers and animal lovers can come together to read to cats at the Oktibbeha County Humane Society from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. every Saturday.

“Book Buddies is a program we started to try to improve literacy in the community as well as draw people into the shelter,” OCHS outreach coordinator Sarah Buckleitner said.

Buckleitner said interaction with adoptable cats through reading helps the cats to socialize with humans, as well as allows children practice their reading skills.

“Our shelter manager Christy Wells and I are both huge readers, and we both totally get the love of opening a book and how well reading can boost your confidence and allow you to escape,” Buckeleitner said.

Anyone interested can sign up for a 15 minute time slot online at ochsms.org, or come by the shelter from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Wells said Book Buddies originally began with the support of Starkville Reads, and OCHS hopes to grow the program and possibly have a small library in the cat room for children to read to the animals.

For more information, visit www.ochsms.org or call (662) 338-9093.