Kids get shelter dogs' tails wagging by reading them tales

6 hours ago
Embry Roberts


Who wants a bedtime story? Well, your local shelter dog might and at the Humane Society of Missouri, that's just what they're getting.

In the Book Buddies Reading Program, trained volunteers ages 5-16 read to the shelter dogs, helping them gain confidence and grow comfortable with visitors.

"We saw more and more rescue animals that were shy, fearful, and stressed out in the shelter environment," explained JoEllyn Klepacki, the society's assistant director of education. "Unfortunately, these dogs are less likely to get adopted, since they tend to hang back instead of engage when potential adoptees come through...