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What do kids, books, and barks have in common?

In the Shelter Buddies Reading Program at the Humane Society of Missouri, Children aged 6-15 are trained to read to timid shelter dogs.

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If this isn’t great news, then you tell us what is. This kind of bonding is for a lifetime.

It is not possible to adopt every dog in need, however, it is possible to do something very good for them – let kids read them stories. These dogs are too shy to go out of their shells.

An innovative idea called the Shelter Buddies Reading Program is already becoming very popular among people and animals at the Humane Society of Missouri. The idea is quite simple, to train children to read to dogs as a way of readying them for forever homes, while instilling a greater sense of empathy in the kids, too.

Program director, Jo Klepacki, told The Dodo, "We wanted to help our shy and fearful dog without forcing physical interaction with them to see the positive effect that could have on them. We launched the program last Christmas, but now we offer it once a month."

Children aged six to 15 can sign up for the program online. After the registration, they are trained how to read a dog’s body language to tell the difference between stressed out or anxious.


These dogs with these conditions need the most attention.