An animal shelter launched an educational program that invites kids to read to animals waiting to be adopted.
The Humane Society of Missouri says that the program helps the animals become more comfortable with potential adopters approaching their space.
Kids, between the ages of 6 and 15, first learn about the body language of animals, so that they can tell if the dogs are stressed or shy.
Children are encouraged to nurture the animals that need attention by reading a book aloud.
"We wanted to help our shy and fearful dog without forcing physical interaction with them to see the positive effect that could have on them," program director Jo Klepacki told The Dodo.
Klepacki also said the program can help dogs who have a lot energy, because listening to a book being read can be very calming.
The program started last Christmas and was such a success that it is now held every month. After the kids complete the 10-hour program, they can come back at anytime to the shelter with their parents and read to the animals.