Watch as kids read to shelter dogs to help prepare them for adoption

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ST. LOUIS, Missouri – The Humane Society of Missouri in St. Louis hosted the first ever ‘Deck the Howls’ event recently.

According to PEOPLE, kids came in to read to shelter dogs for the holidays. The kids are part of an after-school club that helps make a difference in the lives of shelter dogs.

The event was created to help socialize the dogs to make them ready for adoption.

In the video, the dogs can be seen listening as the kids each read a story of their choice.

“Our shy dogs learn to relax around new people and our high energy dogs learn that calm behavior is desirable,” Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri, told 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.”