You’ll be delighted to discover what these kids are doing with shelter dogs.


The Humane Society of Missouri has a brilliant new program that helps shy shelter dogs.

The program, called Shelter Buddies Reading Program pairs up youngsters with shelter dogs. The kids get to read to the dogs without judgement and the dogs are able to learn social skills, prepping them for a hopeful adoption.

Here’s the report from youtube.

On December 12, 2015, kids took part in the first annual Deck the Howls reading event! Kind Kids read holiday stories to shelter pets, made greeting cards for adoptable animals’ kennels, and enjoyed hot coca and cookies.

The Shelter Buddies Reading Program at the Humane Society of Missouri was designed to help our shelter dogs become more adoptable. Participants sit outside of the dogs kennel and read to them, which helps shy dogs learn to relax around people, while teaching high-energy dogs that calm behavior is desirable. When children read stories to the dogs, it also helps them develop their own reading skills.

More reading programs are coming in early 2016! Check back with us at for details!

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