Children Practice Their Reading To Calm Scared Shelter Dogs
This Missouri Humane Society animal shelter lets children practice their reading to calm scared shelter dogs. Such an uplifting program could only take place if kids an animals are involved and good news travels fast around the world.
The Shelter Buddies Reading Program, where children practice their reading to calm scared shelter dogs, pairs up kids from age 6 to 15 with shy an fearful dogs. The training program lasts 10 hours, and during this time, kids sit in front of a dog and read to them slowly and gentle.
“We launched the program last Christmas, but now we offer it once a month.”
“Ideally that shy and fearful dog will approach and show interest. If so, the kids reinforce that behavior by tossing them a treat,” she added.
“What this is also doing is to bring the animals to the front in case potential adopters come through. They are more likely to get adopted if they are approaching and interacting, rather than hiding in the back or cowering. Hearing a child reading can really calm those animals,” Klepacki said. “It is incredible, the response we’ve seen in these dogs.”
“It’s encouraging children to develop empathy with animals. It’s a peaceful, quiet exercise. They’re seeing fearfulness in these animals, and seeing the positive affect they can have,” Klepacki stated. “It encourages them to look at things from an animals perspective. That helps them better connect with animals and people in their lives.”
Shelter dogs really deserve all our love and attention because they love us unconditionally and all they want is a place to call their home.