AdoraBULL: Children Reading to Dogs at the Shelter

File this under “AdoraBULL.”

Watch these children reading to shy and fearful dogs at the Humane Society of Missouri.

Children ages 6 to 15 are allowed to read to dogs at the rescue as part of the Shelter Buddies Reading Program.  Program director, Jo Klepacki, has observed a positive response in the dogs, as listening to children reading helps to socialize them.  Rather than cowering back, these once timid dogs are now more comfortable approaching the front of their crates and interacting with unfamiliar people.  This, says Klepacki, increases the likelihood they will be adopted.

I’d like to see more shelters around the country adopt similar programs.  What do you think about the Humane Society of Missouri’s Shelter Buddies Reading Program?

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