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A Boy with Autism Teaches Shy Shelter Dogs To Be Themselves

Jacob spends a couple of hours a day to read to these dogs..

Jacob spends a couple of hours a day to read to these dogs..

You don’t find a good spirit every day.. especially from a little boy. Meet Jacob, a 6 year old boy. When he was a little younger, he was diagnosed with autism.

He spent all his Thursdays on a shelter to visit lonely dogs. He sits in front of a kennel with his book to read stories for the dogs. This simple actions of Jacob actually has a larger impact for the dogs.

Once again, they felt how it is to be loved. He teaches shy dogs that it’s okay to be themselves and show their sweet personalities.

“Sometimes, loud noises used to make him cry or act out,” Tumalan says. “But now, he’s focused. He’s learned to not let all the noises around him bother him. It’s pretty awesome.”

That, plus the fact that he’s getting all that practice reading, has improved Jacob’s overall performance as a student.

“It’s been a huge thing. He’s come a long way,” says Tumalan. “I just got a report that my son is reading at almost a thrid-grade level now. It’s really helped him, and the dogs too.”

After spending a lot of time in the shelter, he get used to all the noise and all the barking. He’s now able to work with these distractions every day.

With Jacob doing this every single day, it helps the dogs a lot as much as it helps him. It just goes to show that spending time with dogs is worth it. This inspiring story teaches people to give a chance to shelter dogs.


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