Here’s something to warm the cockles of your cold heart. A Missouri-based afterschool program for elementary students called Club HOPE organized a day where kids spent time reading books to shelter dogs. The story time session was created as an effort to help socialize the pups and prepare them for adoption.

“Our shy dogs learn to relax around new people and our high energy dogs learn that calm behavior is desirable,” said Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri, via People. “In addition, the program allows the kids to improve their reading skills by offering an easy and attentive, not to mention adorable, listening audience.”

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This is sweet. I wonder if my dog would like me to read to him Mariah Carey’s new Christmas-themed children’s book or some old Christopher Pike tales.


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