Shelter Buddies Reading Program

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A new approach to having children read to dogs has been undertaken by the Humane Society of Missouri. Volunteers between the ages of 6 and 15 are signing up in droves to read to shelter dogs in an effort to help the dogs get ready for adoption. The shy canines are coaxed forward in their cages to interact with the children, giving them a more favorable appearance to potential adoptive families. The children are also able to calm the  more frisky and excitable dogs while they are reading to them, which is also helpful. The young readers benefit as well: they are able to see a positive effect from their efforts and gain empathy for the animals, encouraging them to look at life from an animal’s perspective. What a wonderful idea — it’s a win-win outcome for all. You can read the full article in the March 1 issue of American Libraries Direct here.

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