People Helping People and Their Pets
Posted by: Gerri on Nov 23, 2011
Town: New Fairfield
What issue did your Take Action project address?
The girls in troop 50575 wanted to help both families and their pets here in the town of New Fairfield. They wanted to help families to prevent pet surrenders at the local animal shelter.
What was your Take Action Project? Who did you involve in your project?
The girls realized that there are many local families struggling to pay for their pets' food and medical needs during this poor economy. By collecting over $500 in donations and by asking both a local veterinary hospital and feed store for reduced pricing(New Fairfield Animal Hospital and The Feed Barn) the girls were able to provide a year's worth of veterinary services and hundreds of dollars' worth of gift certificates for pet food. The girls worked with the local Social Services department to identify families who need this service. They ended up helping 2 families and 3 dogs in the process.
What were the results? How did it affect the community?
The girls were able to provide a year's worth of veterinary care, and many months' worth of pet food for dogs that otherwise might have had to be surrendered to the local animal shelter. This project kept these pets with their families instead of being abandoned. The girls also baked homemade dog treats and made pet toys which were presented as 2 gift baskets to the Director of Social Services in New Fairifeld to give to the families.
What did you learn from the experience?
The girls felt empowered with an overwhelming sense of pride in their hard work and results. It all started with a little idea, "we want to help pets!" and resulted in a huge benefit within our community.