April 19, 2023
WATERVILLE—Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts from Troop 1550 dropped by the Humane Society of Waterville this month to earn their Animal Shelter Awareness badges, donate supplies, and make some new furry friends along the way!
“The girls really enjoyed seeing the ‘behind the scenes’ parts of the shelter to learn more about caring for the animals that the shelter takes in,” says Troop Leader Jess Wells.
The troop collectively donated $100 worth of supplies to the humane society in the form of pet food, treats, blankets, toys, and even cat scratchers that they made from Girl Scout Cookie boxes. During their visit, the girls also got to meet several of the animals in residence, one dog named Onyx in particular who left a lasting impression.
“Onyx was a ‘foster fail’ who came in as a stray. He was left in a rabbit cage for the first 18 months of his life and suffered from stunted development as a result […] Onyx loves tennis balls and was very agile, so the girls got to sit in a circle and toss a ball around for him while they learned about appropriate behavior around dogs,” says Jess.
This was Troop 1550’s very first outing together, and with resounding feedback from the girls who attended, Jess says it certainly won’t be their last.
“My biggest takeaway would have to be the amount of passion the girls have for helping animals, they don’t care about the breed or age, they just wanted them all to be safe and healthy,” says Jess.