Scouts lend shelter a helping hand

MIAMI COUNTY — Girl Scout Troop No. 32404 members have a passion for animals and helped advocate for animals who await their forever homes at the Miami County Animal Shelter on Saturday.

On Saturday, the troop greeted people who stopped at the shelter for tags or view the shelter’s animals available for adoption. The troop made posters of three dogs that have been at the shelter the longest. They also donated new para cord collars, homemade cat and dog treats, and toys for the animals.

The troop donated their time and efforts as part of their Bronze Award community service project — the highest award for their age group. As people arrived at the shelter, the troop gave tours of the dogs in their kennels outside and shared information about the veteran shelter animals. They were able to witness one adoption of a dog and cat during their event and five applications to adopt were filed.

Charlotte Norman, 11, said she got the idea as she and her family would walk past the animal shelter while camping during the Miami County Fair.

“Since the Bronze Award is about making a change in the community, I thought we could do that for the animal shelter — everyone loves animals,” Norman said.

Each troop member had a part in the project. Stephany Harris, 11, helped with the para cord collars and cat treats.

“We researched what made good cat toys so they don’t get sick,” Harris shared.

Maeli Friend, 12, is the troops “Cat Whisperer” and helped research facts about felines.

Ella Phillips, 11, assembled the gift bags, making posters, and led the group in organizing the event.

Cora Hilldebrand, 12, assisted Norman with making the animal treats, which were doled out to visitors to the shelter.

The troop also toured the shelter prior to their event to learn more about the shelter’s role in their community.

Shelter director Morgan Howard said shelter staff appreciated the troop’s hard work.

“We appreciate them doing this for us and for all their hard work and having them here — making the posters and all the treats,” she said.

As holidays draw near, Howard said the shelter needs dog and cat treats, medium and large pet beds, and toys for the shelter animals. For a complete list of needs and adoptable pets, visit the shelter’s website at