Girl Scout Troop 10545 members (not in order) Kaila Gatt, Kaitlyn Stanley, Montesha Franklin, Taylor Nealy, Keturah Washington, Emily Giles, Jennah Waters, Chelsea Lewis, Emma Davenport, Keyana Lipsey, Betty Eagan, Bonny Holyfield and Emelia Jenkins spent last Saturday finding adoptive homes for puppies and dogs. (Special photo)
COVINGTON — A local Girl Scout Troop spent Saturday devoting its time to finding loving homes for some furry friends.
In order to get their Bronze Award, which is the highest award possible for a Girl Scout Junior to receive, Girl Scout Troop 10545 organized Pet Adoption Day on the Square Saturday morning.
To draw attention to their cause, the Girl Scouts were accompanied by Eastside High School’s drum line, which captured the attention from nearby crowds. The band leader’s family even took part in the event, taking home one of the dogs.
“It was such an amazing day,” said Girl Scout Troup leader Kathy Nealy. “The girls had an absolute blast. The Eastside drum line came and what an attention-getter they were for us.”
With a total of six adoptions made throughout the day, four puppies and two adult dogs found homes.
In addition to finding new residences for their four-legged friends, Troop 10545 raised $160 for four animal shelters, including Walton County Humane Society, Companion Animal Rescue Inc., Mutts n’ More and Pound Puppies and Kittens. By making homemade dog beds, treats and bandanas, along with holding a bake sale and money collected from donation buckets, the Girl Scouts were able to raise the money that was divided among the four shelters.
Nealy added that the Scouts, who are 10- to 12-years-old, were able to organize the event on their own.
“I couldn’t be more proud of these girls,” she said. “They worked so hard and really put their heart into this project.”