Martin Agee volunteers at an ASPCA animal shelter, but he’s not just there to help feed or walk the animals. He’s a violinist who’s played on more than 40 Broadway cast albums and when he’s not rehearsing or performing, he uses his talent to play soothing classical music for dogs who are recovering from abuse.
After his training at the ASPCA Animal Recovery Center, Agee thought playing music could help the dogs and he says the response has been overwhelmingly positive. He says as soon as the bow hits the string, the dogs’ expressions change and they stop running around and barking. Classical music has been shown to reduce stress in dogs recovering from abuse and these dogs seem to agree.
Agee says within 30 seconds they curl up and listen quietly as he plays, adding, “It’s really kind of an amazing thing to see.”