Love and support – these are just some of the things that shelter dogs need as they wait for their future families to find them. The long wait can be devastating, especially if you’re a dog eager to experience being loved and cared for.
These dogs spend most of their time interacting with other dogs in the shelter or facing the four walls of their cages. They tend to be shy whenever there are humans around because it’s not what they’re used to. Shy dogs have low chances of being adopted; that’s why children from the Shelter Buddies Reading Program decided to help out.
A wonderful initiative
Shelter Buddies Reading Program partnered with the Humane Society of Missouri to help shy and nervous dogs get used to having people around. The intention behind the initiative is to help dogs learn how to socialize and become more confident.
Children sat down with these dogs and shared with them stories from their favorite books. Listening to the stories helped the shy dogs come out of their shells. Somehow, they learned how to socialize with these kids sans the physical interaction. They found the children’s voice very calming that they learned to loosen up.
Shy no more
The volunteers noticed a significant changes in the dogs after listening to stories from the children. It made them feel so much better that it became easier for them to find forever homes. It didn’t take much effort for these dogs to get the attention of guests at the shelter who were planning on adopting a pup or two.
It didn’t take much time for the once shy dogs to find forever homes, all thanks to the kids who shared stories with them! Watch the video below to see the kids in action:
Credits to hsmolovesanimals