Amazing Woman Reads Children's Books Aloud To Comfort Shelter Dogs After the Death Of Her Beloved Pup
Prep the tissues now, because one incredible woman is dedicating her time to animals forgotten by their humans in a truly adorable way. Once a week, for more than a year and a half, Sandy Barbabella has gone to the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society to read children's books aloud to comfort shelter dogs. Barbabella began reading to the dogs after her beloved Pembroke Welsh Corgi Angus passed away after 14 years in her care. When Angus passed, she told The Huffington Post, she felt volunteering her time at the shelter would be "the best way to return the love" Angus gave her. Excuse me while I take a moment.
Barbabella's story rose to the spotlight after Reddit user puglife123 posted a picture of the mother of four sitting outside a kennel and reading aloud to an elderly pit bull named Jade. Barbabella spends the day sitting alongside cages like Jade's, gently reading aloud picture books and helping the dogs learn basic commands. As Barbabella tells The Huffington Post:
Reading aloud has been shown to have positive effects on both children and adults, but the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society knows that even more so, Barbabella's actions give the shelter dogs the patience and attention they are eager for and deserve. In a statement, Western PA Humane Society Director Joy Braunstein praised Barbabella:
If you want to follow in Barbabella's footsteps, check out The Shelter Pet Project for local opportunities.
And don't forget your copy of Shiloh.