Something amazing is happening at the Humane Society of Missouri, and it’s called the Shelter Buddies Reading Program. Here at Rover, we can’t get enough of it! (We also love other programs that involve kids, dogs, and books.) The Shelter Buddies program is both simple and simply perfect. After receiving training, young volunteers read to shy shelter dogs, improving their own literacy skills while helping to socialize the pets. The kids empathize with the dogs, the dogs become more adoptable, and really, everyone wins. Including all of us, because the photos? Heartwarming doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Seriously. Take a look.
“You’re my favorite and this book is my favorite and you’re my favorite and this book is my favorite…”
“So, is there a treat in there?”
“One more time? Please?”
Photos credit: TheDodo
If You Can’t Get Enough of Kids + Books + Dogs, You Have to See This.
Best of all, the Missouri shelter program isn’t the only one that involves kids, dogs, and reading. Not only do other shelters host similar programs, but service dogs are helping kids with their reading skills, too.
That’s right. More kids and dogs with books. It’s pretty much guaranteed to make your day.
Love this? Contact your local shelter or service animal organization. You might be able to help out with an existing reading program—or even get one started.