An American rescue centre has introduced an unusual reading scheme whereby children recite their favourite stories to the furry residents.

Dogs Trust agrees that sitting down and spending time with dogs in a relaxing manner, such as reading, can be really beneficial for their socialisation. This World Book Day (3rd March), staff at Dogs Trust Shoreham are taking the opportunity to help a four-legged resident with a nose for a good book find his furry-tale ending in a loving home by reading him some of his favourite stories.

Handsome eight-year-old Crossbreed Prince has been at the Rehoming Centre for almost half his life, but has sadly yet to find his perfect home. Loveable Prince gets on well with his carers but he can be shy around new people and staff feel this may be holding him back in his quest for the perfect home. To help him better prepare for life in a home environment, they have started to read to him every day. Not only does this help him relax and build his confidence but it also gets him used to being around new people.

Since starting the reading scheme, Prince has come on leaps and bounds and enjoys nothing more than snuggling up to his carers to enjoy a good book. His favourites include Homeward Bound, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time and of course, the Prince and the Paw-per. Prince’s carers hope that all this extra time spent with him will help him get the furry-tale ending he deserves.