It’s all about making friends and keeping reading skills sharp.
As children enter the playroom at the Kyova Mall in Ashland, they’re greeted by several furry felines, some eager to play, others a bit more hesitant of the excited youngsters and their grabby hands. It’s all part of the mall’s Reading to Cats program, which started as a way to help cats from the Boyd County Animal Shelter find a loving owner and give kids a reason to sit down and read during the summer break.
“We’ve had a lot of really good feedback,” said Chrissy Dillow, the general manager of the mall.
The mall partners with the shelter and the Boyd County Public Library, which provides books for children to read to the cats.
“It helps sooth the cats,” said Dillow, “and it also gives the kids something educational to do while they’re here.”
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