Shelter Buddies Reading Program

Due to COVID-19, our buildings are currently closed to the public in order to keep our staff and animals safe. We look forward to offering Shelter Buddies trainings again once it is safe to do so. Please check back for updates.


Register for the Shelter Buddies Reading Program!

Preregistration required: Limited space available.

The Shelter Buddies Reading Program was designed to help our shelter dogs become more adoptable. Reading to the dogs helps to bring comfort to and reduce the anxiety of shelter pets, and it nurtures empathy in children. Participants sit outside of the dog’s kennel and read to them.


Kind Kids ages 6 – 15


HSMO’s Macklind Ave. Headquarters (click for dates and times)
HSMO’s Best Buddy Center in Maryland Heights (click for dates and times)


$5 per child

PLEASE NOTE: One parent is required to attend the training and must accompany the child every time they come to read.
Closed-toed, rubber-soled shoes are required to protect your feet and give better traction when walking through the animal wings.
You are welcome to bring a favorite book but we do have a library of more than 100 animal-themed books to choose from.
You only need to attend ONE 90 minute training session, then you will be given a schedule of available reading hours. You can come read for as little or as long as you’d like during designated hours, available seven days a week.

Cancellations: Please notify us via email or phone at 314.951.1579 at least one week prior to your scheduled session if you need to cancel or reschedule. You can be added to an upcoming open session. Due to high demand, we are unable to accommodate changes within seven days of a scheduled session.


Start Your Own Reading Program

If you’re interested in starting a Shelter Buddies Reading Program at YOUR shelter, download our Guide for Animal Shelters and Rescues.


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