Many shelters are overcrowded, and if their dogs do not find homes within a reasonable amount of time, they are euthanized, writes ilovemydogsomuch.
The “timid” or “unfriendly” temperament of many shelter dogs are one of the main reasons they do not find homes. These dogs have had their pasts marred by cruelty, neglect, or deprivation, making it even more difficult for them to emerge from their shells.
Shelter dogs now have an opportunity to be socialized in the best way possible thanks to a promising initiative created by the Humane Society of Missouri! This unusual project, known as the “Shelter Buddies Reading Program,” allows children aged 6 to 15 to train shelter dogs by reading their favorite books to them!
This program’s first few sessions have been really excellent. Positive behavior reinforcement is promoted and the timid dogs feel safe and accepted when the children read in soothing accents and interact with the pets. The students learn the intricacies of a shelter dog’s body language as the dogs become more outgoing and “adoptable.” It’s a win-win situation!
Because of the program’s success, the shelter has decided to make the reading exercise a permanent part of their annual holiday celebrations. “Deck The Howls” is a Christmas program that invites kids to produce adoption greeting cards and other gifts for their new furry friends. It would be wonderful if every shelter implemented similar programs for their “unwanted” canines!
Watch the kids’ lovely bonding session with the lonely shelter canines in the video below!