Shelter dogs feel lonely and abandoned, so children practice reading books to them


The Humane Society of Missouri started a program called the Shelter Buddies Reading Program. This program, designed to help frightened shelter dogs better acclimate to society, uses young children, ages 6 – 15, in order to slowly coax these dogs into again trusting humans.

But how do children, some barely even out of elementary school, possibly help these lonely, abandoned dogs?

The answer is simple: reading.

The program finds children who need practice reading aloud, or those with fear of audiences, and asks them to volunteer at their shelter.

The only thing they need to bring is a book (or several!) of their own choosing.

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