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Not everyone has a home for the holidays, but one animal rescue organization is trying to keep the spirits of shelter animals high. 

Fierce Love Rescue brought about a dozen children to the Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter to read to the cats, dogs, and even rabbits living there.

Board members and children alike sat outside the kennels to read to the animals, many of which have been at the shelter for months.

Not only do the kids get a chance to practice their reading skills over the holiday break, but the animals get some much needed attention from the volunteers.

Fierce Love Rescue’s executive director says an added bonus is finding out what animals are compatible with kids.

“To have children here is just wonderful because being child-friendly is a huge factor in adoptions,” said Jennier Yanavitch. “We love to see how the cats, the dogs, any of the animals interact with children.” 

To learn more about Fierce Love Rescue’s outreach work and to get involved, go to