I think this story is incredibly sweet, and I have a feeling you’re going to agree with me wholeheartedly. Staff at the Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter in Mason, Michigan, sent out a call to local kids to see if they’d like to come to the shelter to read books and spend time with rescue dogs.

It’s safe to say that the folks at the shelter have been overwhelmed by the response. Kids aged 6 to 16 have flooded the shelter to help keep these furry pups company while they wait to be placed in forever homes.

*Update: Due to an overwhelming response of interest to our program we will be hoping to announce future dates soon….

Posted by Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter on Thursday, November 7, 2019

The program at the shelter is called S.P.A.C.E Tails, and the animals aren’t the only ones benefiting from it. The kids who come to read and spend time with the pups and kitties are also learning compassion and empathy – while they practice their reading!

That’s a double whammy right there; I think it’s safe to call anything a success if you can get a book in a young kid’s hands these days.

Waffers loves reading! Okay, she can't read because she is a dog but she loves when humans read to her. Our shelter is…

Posted by Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter on Thursday, October 31, 2019

If you live in the area, be sure to follow the shelter on Facebook so you can keep up with the reading events (if you want to participate). If you don’t live near Mason, Michigan, maybe you can work with your local shelter to try to get a program like this started in your community.

You can also check out a program called Reading Paws to see if they have a chapter in your area.

What a great idea!