One of the reasons shelter pets don’t get adopted is because of their anxiety when they meet potential new families. With limited interaction with people, shelter pets are anxious and turn off many would-be parents.
The HSOM (Humane Society of Missouri) runs The Shelter Buddies Reading Program which helps solve this problem. Children read for about 15 minutes which each pet, dog or cat, which gives the pet comfort and helps reduce anxiety. The children sit outside of the dog’s kennel and reads to it.
Road to Adoption
The people involved with The Shelter Buddies Reading Program believe that the program has lead to pets being adopted more quickly. The program is a win-win since it helps the pets get adopted sooner and helps make the transition to a new home smoother since the pets are used to human interaction.