Animal shelters are where dogs, cats, birds, and a litany of other animals stay after they were rescued from horrible situations. Shelters give these animals richer, fuller lives, while often allowing people to adopt the rescued animals as pets after the cute creatures undergo rehabilitation.
Yet few people consider the psychological and emotional tolls that living in a shelter can bring upon these animals. Being stuck in a kennel for most of the day with nothing to do definitely makes it tiring for the inhabitants of these shelters, and getting limited human interaction is detrimental to their well-being.
That is why this woman makes a daily trip to her local animal shelter to read to dogs.
Sure, it's not as fulfilling as romping in the park with these pups, but giving them this human interaction is vital to their health. The reading calms them down, gets them more comfortable around humans, and gives them a break from the mundane life of simply sitting in a cage.
The reading woman hasn't been identified yet, but her selfless nature is an inspiration to all animal lovers. It helps combat the loneliness of these sheltered animals and can really have a positive effect on their future in the long run.
If you want to invest your time, or donate some extra cash to an animal shelter, consider the Western PA Humane Society, where this woman spends her time. You can learn on their website how to help these shelter animals live better, happier lives.