‘Undesirable’ Dog Was Going To Be Put Down, So Girl Began Reading Him Stories

It might be impossible for any one person to adopt every pet in need of a good home, but these kids are doing the next best thing – by bringing shy shelter dogs out of their shells.

One of the primary reasons many shelter dogs fail to find homes is their “timid” or “unfriendly” personalities. These dogs have pasts scarred with abuse, neglect, or deprivation, which makes it even harder for them to come out of their shells.

An innovative new idea, called the Shelter Buddies Reading Program, is already making a huge difference for animals at the Humane Society of Missouri. The idea is simple: train kids to read to dogs as a way of readying them for forever homes, all while instilling a greater sense of empathy in the youngsters, too. Called the “ Shelter Musketeers Reading Program”, this unique action allows 6 to 15- time-old kiddies to train harbors canine by reading their favorite stories to them!

Many of the first meetings of this show were very emotional. When children read and interact with tykes in a soothing voice, it promotes a positive geste basis and makes the shy tykes feel safe and accepted. While the tykes come more gregarious and “ adoptable,” the kiddies also learn the complications of a sanctum canine’s body language. It’s a palm- palm!

“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,” program director Jo Klepacki told. “We launched the program last Christmas, but now we offer it once a month.”

Kids aged 6 to 15 can sign up for the program online, after which they are trained on how to read a dog’s body language to tell if they are stressed out or anxious. Those pets say Klepacki, are the ones most in need of special attention.

Seeing the success of this plan, the Sanctuary made this reading exercise an endless part of their regular holiday festivals. This vacation event is known as “ Deck The Howls”, and it also allows kiddies to make relinquishment greeting cards and other delicacies for their new furry musketeers. It would be so nice if every sanctum introduces analogous programs for their “ undesirable” tykes!




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