The program finds children who need practice reading aloud, or those with fear of audiences, and asks them to volunteer at their shelter.
The only thing they need to bring is a book (or several!) of their own choosing.
The children then simply sit in front of a kennel with a dog they want to read to, and begin reading from their book. They are able to practice reading and public speaking in a nonjudgmental environment, and the dogs are able to slowly adjust to the presence of humans.
|Adorable pic snicked from the linked article.|
Dogs that stay near the front of their kennel get adopted more quickly, so this practice often helps them find a home faster.
H/T to The Write Life on Facebook for the link.