The Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center in Riverside has created a program called PAC Paws to promote childhood literacy and help improve the lives of the center’s cats who are waiting to be adopted.
In the program, children may read to cats between 2 and 4 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday and Saturday of each month. Children may bring their own books or borrow books from the center’s library.
Each child will provide a 20-minute reading-aloud session to a “purrfect reader” cat.
Animals can be a source of comfort and support for children as they learn, according to research conducted at Tufts University. And cats find the rhythmic sound of a voice comforting and soothing, according to a press release from the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center. The sound of a human voice can help shy cats become more social and can increaseadoption rates, according to the center.
To participate in the PAC Paws program, children or their parents can sign up at petsadoption.org or contact community relations coordinator Molly Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 951-688-4340, ext. 317.
The center also seeks donations of children’s books, for ages 6 to 13, for its library. Donations can be dropped off at the Pet Adoption Center, 6165 Industrial Ave., Riverside, between noon and 7 p.m. any day.
The Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center is a nonprofit organization. The center is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.