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ST. LOUIS, Missouri – Kids are learning to read and dogs are learning to trust humans through a mutually beneficial program at the humane society of Missouri.

The Shelter Buddies reading program organized by the Humane Society of Missouri allows kids to practice reading out loud in front of a friendly audience.

The kids, ages 6 through 15, can bring their own books or select one from the shelter’s library. They sit in front of the glass of a dog’s kennel as the read.

“These dogs, if you had seen them before the kids sat down, these were the dogs who would stay at the back of their kennel, scared,” JoEllyn Klepacki told ABC News. “The goal is to get the dog to come to the front of the kennel by the time they finish their book, or a few books.”

Klepacki says dogs who approach the front of the kennel get adopted more quickly, so the program helps the dogs get adopted as well.

Kids practice reading to timid shelter dogs at Humane Society

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