Shelter aims to boost reading, cat adoptions with ‘Kitty Litter-ature’

The Thibodeaux family ventured from Breaux Bridge to Carencro to spend part of their Saturday in a small concrete block room reading together and being crawled on by fuzzy kittens.

Brylee Thibodeaux, 9, usually sticks to Babysitter’s Club books and big sister Bailee, 12, prefers mysteries like Sherlock Holmes. But this Saturday they started with Cookie’s Week, which follows a black-and-white kitten through the days of the week.

It was one of the books in a pile on the floor, along with others featuring Pete the Cat, the Aristocats and more literary felines. They’re options provided every other month during Kitty Litter-ature, when children and adults can volunteer to read to cats at the no-kill shelter in north Lafayette Parish.

The program began in 2015 as a way to socialize kittens and ready them for adoption, while also providing kids a safe space to practice their reading skills outside the classroom.

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