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New Program Promotes Child Literacy and Empathy for Animals

Sunday Mar 06, 2016 1:02 AM

Photo: YouTube/hsmolovesanimals

Being well-read has always been an asset when it comes to people, but it may now be true for animals too!
The Humane Society of Missouri have announced a Shelter Buddies Reading Program, where kids aged between six and 15 are invited to come and read to nervous dogs living at the shelter.

The shelter reports that dogs who are shy or are not very social are least adoptable dogs. So, kids are being trained to read a dog’s body language, and read books to the ones that seem shy or nervous around people.

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

The Humane Society of Missouri believes that with increased exposure to the children’s voices, the dogs will become increasingly calm and more sociable — thus, leading to their eventual adoption.

It is also an added bonus that these kids would be able to improve their reading, storytelling, and voice modulation skills.

This compassionate program is all aces in our books!

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