Unfortunately, the truth is that a lot of animal shelters are dealing with overcrowding, which means they have to resort to euthanizing dogs if they don’t find homes within a certain period. Dogs in shelters often struggle to get adopted because many are labeled as “timid” or “unfriendly.” These labels are sometimes due to these dogs’ traumatic pasts where they experienced cruelty, neglect, or lack of care. This makes it even harder for them to come out of their shell and find a loving home.
The Humane Society of Missouri has come up with an innovative program to socialize shelter dogs in a unique way! The “Shelter Buddies Reading Program” enables children between the ages of 6 and 15 to train shelter dogs by reading books to them.
The initial sessions of this initiative have been extremely impressive. The children engage with the dogs by reading to them in calming tones and interacting with them, which encourages positive behavior and helps the shy dogs feel at ease and accepted. As a result, the dogs become more sociable and appealing for adoption while the children gain insight into the subtle nuances of a shelter dog’s body language. Overall, it’s a mutually beneficial arrangement!
Since this program has proven to be successful, the shelter has decided to incorporate it into their annual holiday festivities. The event, called “Deck The Howls,” allows children to create adoption cards and treats for their new furry companions. It would be great if more animal shelters could adopt similar programs for their less desirable pups!
Check out the heartwarming interaction between the children and the shelter dogs in the video clip! It’s bound to bring a smile to your face. Don’t forget to share this with your loved ones so they can experience the joy as well.