Special to the Register
Two Richmond Girl Scout troops took a break from cookie sales in late January and early February to collect and donate supplies to the Madison County Humane Society/Animal League for Life.
Brownie Troop 623 and Daisy Troop 1872, made up of 37 second-graders and kindergartners who attend Model Lab School, had picked the Humane Society/ALL as one of their service projects for the year.
During one snowy night, they gathered at a local church to bake cat and dog treats. The scouts also made bandanas, catnip-filled socks and braided-rope dog toys.
The donations included food, cat litter, toys, treats, cleaning supplies and other items that the scouts collected and made for the animals cared for by the Humane Society/ALL.
The scouts’ families also chipped in and donated much-needed supplies for the shelter. These included over 400 pounds of cat and dog food, cat litter, bleach, paper towels, disinfectants, puppy training pads, garbage bags, bowls, towels and sheets.
“I’m so proud of these girls,” Troop leader Meredith Lepp said. “They worked very hard making everything for the animals. It’s great that the girls’ families are so involved in what we do. Their involvement is very important in making the Girl Scout experience meaningful for the scouts.”
Along with Lepp, the troops are led by Sheri Rush, Krista Collier and Beverly Hammonds.
The girls visited the Humane Society/ALL office at 128-C Big Hill Avenue on Feb. 5 to drop off all of the items they had made and collected. The staff expressed gratitude for all of the donated items. The staff are all volunteers, many of which work full-time jobs elsewhere. They rely on donations to care for the animals that are waiting for adoption.
The nonprofit agency is closed during the week, except for the volunteers who are there to clean and take care of the cats that live in the shelter during the week.
The agency is open for adoption on the weekends, and dogs that live with foster families during the week are there looking for adoption into permanent homes.
The Humane Society/ALL volunteers expressed gratitude for the Girl Scouts’ donations. They want people to know the agency can never have too many items for the animals they care for, they told the Girl Scouts.