Kids Read To Shelter Dogs As Source Of Comfort
Sometimes it takes awhile for shelter dogs to get adopted, but they can still get lots of love and attention while they’re waiting. That’s what the Human Society of Missouri is showing with their Shelter Buddies Reading Program, where children from ages 6 to 15 can come to the shelter and read to the dogs. After completing a 10-hour training class on how to read dogs’ body language and interact with them, they can come and read to the pups at any time with a parent or guardian. This allows even the most timid dogs to open up and get socialized before going to their forever homes.
“Hearing a child reading can really calm those animals,” program director Jo Klepacki told The Dodo. “It is incredible, the response we’ve seen in these dogs.”
And what an incredible gift these kids are giving to them, too!