The Tower (Grosse Pointe, Michigan)
Girl Scout Troop No. 70286 is teaming up with the animal welfare group All About Animals Rescue (AAAR) this month to help neglected Detroit pets during the winter season.
February is National Spay/Neuter month, so AAAR believes it is important to keep pets happy, healthy and leashed, according to their website. The Girl Scouts are running a collar and leash drive in the Grosse Pointe area in order to help dogs and cats that do not receive the proper care they desperately need. Throughout January, the troop campaigned for businesses to let them place leash/collar collection boxes in their stores.
“It has been a very hope-filled thing to watch the girls get excited about the drive,” co-leader of the troop, Elizabeth Tague, said.
The girls have gathered approximately 30 local businesses to participate in the drive, Tague said. The supreme goal of the drive is to gather a total of 1,000 new or lightly used leashes and collars for both dogs and cats. Businesses that agreed to showcase a box will have them displayed clearly at their convenience throughout February, and at the end the Girl Scouts will count up all of the contributions and donate them to AAAR.
Clare Tuuri ‘16 is contributing to the organization of the drive, and is a volunteer at AAAR, she said. She helped the troop think of businesses to canvas and how to display the collection boxes.
“I’m very fond of animals, so volunteering is a great feeling to me,” Tuuri said.
Although dance consumes most of her free time, Tuuri loves pets and enjoys working in collaboration with the Girl Scouts, she said. Tuuri believes South should also take part in the drive next year. This community treats its animals with respect and so people need to look outside of themselves and help those that are less fortunate, she said.
This year, the Girl Scouts are working to earn their Bronze Award, the highest award a junior Girl Scout can earn, Tague said. In order to gain this honor, they had to choose a worthy cause to promote. Fifth grader Alexandra Ostrowski and her fellow troop members all agreed to help AAAR because of their love and compassion for their community.
“I love helping animals,” Ostrowski said. “It’s been a lot of fun putting this drive together.”
Ostrowski also said students at South should be more in touch with their surroundings and the suffering of innocent animals. The more press AAAR and the drive gets, the better, she said.
Catherine Garrett, AAAR’s Director of Marketing and Development, jumped at the chance to work with troop No. 70286, especially because it was the girls’ idea to work with the rescue, she said.
AAAR started spaying/neutering pets in 2008 and since then they’ve performed a little over 100,000 surgeries, according to Garrett. Their mission is to end pet overpopulation, and in order to do so, spaying/neutering is a must. Giving pets collars and leashes is a crucial step in AAAR’s ultimate goal to have no more homeless pets.
“They (the kids) learn about problems that are going on out there that they actually can help with,” Garrett said. “There are things that they can be doing to make a difference.”
When a group wants to make a difference, she said it is crucial they know how and why they are striving to make that difference. South students are known for their dedication and knowledge, so they would be helpful in the organization of next year’s drive, Garrett said.
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