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02/25/2016 04:57 pm ET

Awesome Community Program Lets Kids Help Shelter Dogs Through Reading

Such an awesome program.

A Missouri animal shelter is offering kids the chance to do volunteer work while practicing their reading skills.

The Shelter Buddies Reading Program at the Humane Society of Missouri matches kids ages 6 to 15 with shelter dogs to help prepare them for adoption. "Reading to the dogs helps to bring comfort to and reduce the anxiety of shelter pets, and it nurtures empathy in children," states the program's online description

After undergoing training, each child sits outside a dog's kennel and reads a story from the shelter's library of over 100 animal-themed books. Similar programs exist for dogs and cats through shelters and libraries across the U.S. 

The Shelter Buddies Reading Program benefits both the animals and the kids.
Humane Society Of Missouri
The Shelter Buddies Reading Program benefits both the animals and the kids.
The kids undergo training before sitting outside the dogs' kennels and reading animal-themed books to them.
The Humane Society Of Missouri
The kids undergo training before sitting outside the dogs' kennels and reading animal-themed books to them.

As the Shelter Buddies Reading Program website notes, "Reading helps shy dogs learn to relax around people and teaches high energy dogs that calm behavior is desirable."

And as the above video shows, reading to these animals can be an enriching experience for everyone involved.

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