Missouri City Animal Shelter uses reading program to promote kitten adoptions

Families can read books to kittens and possibly adopt one from the Missouri City Animal Shelter as part of the shelter’s Meow Book Buddies program at Half Price Books in Sugar Land Saturday.

The program runs the first Saturday of every month and helps find homes for the cats, said Valeri Tolman, the shelter’s volunteer coordinator. The adoption fees drop from $25 to $10 as part of this event.

“[The kids] pick the kitten they want [to read to] and the book they want to read,” Tolman said. “There’s even a little tent they can go into.”

Saturday’s event will feature three kittens, all vaccinated, spayed, and neutered, including Blackberry, the only flood-displaced animal left at the shelter. During Tropical Storm Harvey, 11 animals came into the animal shelter from Aug. 26-30, said Richard Perez, Missouri City animal control officer.

“We’ve actually had kittens adopted at these events,” Tolman said.

The popular program was put on hold last month due to Tropical Storm Harvey. One young boy missed attending the program so much that his mother brought him to the shelter, where staffers allowed him to read to the animals there, Tolman said.

Currently, the shelter has 16 animals available for adoption, Tolman said. All have received vaccinations for infections such as bordetella and distemper and are spayed and neutered, she said.

Meow Book Buddies at Half Price Books
3202 Hwy. 6, Sugar Land
1:30-4 p.m.
By Renee Yan
Renee Yan graduated May 2017 from the University of Texas in Arlington with a degree in journalism, joining Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July.


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