Kids Reading To Shy Dogs Is The Best Thing You’ll See Today

The Humane Society of Missouri has come up with an adorable and innovative way to help shy dogs interact with friendly humans, but that’s not all – it also helps kids improve their reading skills and allows them to learn more about handling dogs.

The program is called Shelter Buddies Reading Program and it aims to enhance the social skills of the dogs, thus preparing them for adoption.

The program was launched in December and is now being held once a month. Here’s what program director Jo Klepacki said:

“We wanted to help our shy and fearful [dogs] without forcing physical interaction with them to see the positive effect that could have on them.”

The program encourages children ages six to fifteen to sit down in front of the dogs and read stories to them. Yes, it’s just as adorable and helpful as it sounds.

Children are encouraged to sit down next to the kennels so that they could bond with the pups.


The dogs are able to see, smell, and hear the children sitting next to them, which helps them relax and enjoy their time with the tiny humans. Yay!


And they want to hear the stories until the very end because kids are great storytellers.


“Oh boy, I wonder what happens next!”


This pooch enjoyed the little girl’s voice so much that he couldn’t resist getting some shut-eye. Aww.


Check out the video here:

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