Thursday, August 18, 2011

Girl Scouts Across the Country Helping Improve the Lives of Animals

North Carolina's Statesville Record and Landmark reports that on Sunday, the effort to earn the Bronze Award will begin with a dog training session at First Baptist Church. Jason Purgason, owner of Highland Canine Training in Harmony, will conduct the training session.

Girl Scout Troop 10697 knew exactly what they wanted to do as part of a program to earn the Girl Scout Bronze Award. The 15 girls voted individually, and in a secret ballot, about what program they wanted to undertake.

The main requirement, Falter said, is that the project has to make the world a better place. When the vote was tallied, all decided helping animals was a way to do just that. The girls began collecting food and treats for a feline rescue group, and connected with a dog rescue enthusiast who recommended asking Purgason to come and give advice on a wide range of topics, from general pet care to training.

In California, Madison Shubert, 17, wants to improve the odds of survival for abandoned pets, an estimated 4 million of which are euthanized every year in America. The Acorn reports that the High School senior recently completed a documentary called “One Paw At A Time” to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award. The project culminates her 14 years with the Scouts.

The eight-minute film features Sun Valley-based Friends for Pets, a nonprofit animal rescue group that operates a private dog shelter. The organization is dedicated to rehabilitating and finding good homes for sporting breed dogs that have been abandoned, mistreated or neglected. Pediatrician Helen Lederer, who introduced Madison to the Friends for Pets foundation, said the young filmmaker did a great job distilling a large amount of information to produce a video that delivers a clear message about problems and solutions related to animal rescue.

Do you have any examples to share of Girl Scouts contributing to improve the lives of animals?