On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, Cadettes from Girl Scout Troop 61108, Montgomery, visited Belle Mead Animal Hospital to deliver handmade dog beds. Their goal was to make and provide dog beds for animals who are homeless, sick or hurting.
The project was part of their Silver Award and their initiative to help raise awareness for the Montgomery Animal Control Shelter pets for adoption as well as donation to Belle Mead Animal Hospital. The 50-hour service project also included a fitness dog walk on May 31 at the local dog park, the making of cat mats, and ordering of flags for the animal shelter to make it more noticeable to the public.
Janet Hennessey, Troop Leader, presented the dog beds to Dr. Joe Martins, DVM, along with Cadettes Katie, Colleen, and Stephanie (Lauren could not make it that evening). The girls designed and made the dog beds themselves using PCV pipe and fabric screwed to the sides and corners.
The Cadettes were treated to a special tour of the hospital by Dr. Martins who explained the various treatment areas and the necessity for pet wellness exams and regular dental check-ups because pets have two advocates to make sure they stay healthy – their owner and their veterinarian. He also explained how many animals are seen during regular business hours on a sick or emergency basis.
The Cadettes also had the opportunity to see how the cat patients and adoptables were made comfortable at the hospital in order to reduce their stress and remain sociable during their stay. Dr. Martins offered ideas that the Cadettes could use for future projects at the animal shelter and the hospital.
Dr. Martins’ dog Peanut got to try out one of the new beds during the tour. The beds were well suited for the large dog kennels at the hospital and will be much appreciated by the canine patients.
A warm thanks goes out to the Cadettes from Girl Scout Troop 61108 of Montgomery for the very special dog beds that are sure to improve the comfort level of some canine patients at Belle Mead Animal Hospital.
Dr. Joe Martins, DVM, Belle Mead Animal Hospital