A Compassionate Troop Award is on its way to Girl Scout Troop 13179, which partnered with Future Fashion Designers in Mooresville to construct 40 beds for animals in local shelters in honor of National Pet Month (May). The award will be presented during the troop’s bridging ceremony tonight, during which members will graduate from Brownies to Juniors.
“By giving animals in shelters a soft spot to lay their heads, these Girl Scouts are setting a compassionate example for young people everywhere,” says PETA Senior Director of Youth Programs Marta Holmberg. “PETA Kids hopes everyone will follow their lead in looking out for animals in need.”
Around 70 million dogs and cats are homeless in the U.S. at any given time. An estimated 10% of them end up in animal shelters, where many must eventually be euthanized for reasons that include injury, illness, old age, emotional and psychological damage, and a lack of good homes. That’s why PETA advocates for adoption and urges guardians to have their animal companions spayed or neutered in order to help reduce the population of homeless companion animals.