Girl Scout Troop 186 making community better, working with HV SPCA

Story submitted by Girl Scout Troop 186

July 11th, 2019 | News, News and Features
Girl Scout Troop 186 buying Fencing supplies for the Hudson Valley SPCA.

For the past year, Girl Scout Troop 186 of West Point has been working toward its Silver Award at the Hudson Valley SPCA. The Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn and this award allows Girl Scouts to do big things and make their community better in the process.
Girl Scout Troop 186 has dedicated its time and energy into organizing the shelters supplies and donations to help limit waste. The girls have dedicated more than 200 hours placing donation boxes around West Point, conducting learning opportunities, hand making dog toys out of fleece blankets, walking the dogs and socializing many of the dogs awaiting forever homes.
While organization may seem like a small impact, it is time consuming and the thing the staff and volunteers think about is putting their time and energy toward the dogs.
While at the shelter, the girls noticed that the property was not secure as the shelter only had one part of fencing that was viable. At this point, the girls decided that organization was not enough. They wanted to make an even bigger impact on the shelter and their surrounding community. The idea of supplying the shelter with 500 feet of new fencing came to life.
After deciding to add fencing into their project, the girls had to decide where the money would come from. They worked cookies booths almost every weekend for two straight months, spoke with various businesses and reached out to other community locals. This process took several months.
The girls have proven they can do all of this. Recently, the girls purchased 200 feet of fencing, poles and needed supplies to complete the first part of the fence project.
The girls have a long-term goal of having the whole perimeter of the property fenced to help keep the dogs safe and secure in case they escape from their leash or pen.
It cannot be stressed how much the girls have invested into their projects and with all of them being a part of military families, time is not on our side. The girls must complete their project by the end of July as a few of the girls are moving. The girls will need help with building the fence and with the weather being rather wet recently, a date has not yet been scheduled. We will make sure to post on social media when we have a date scheduled.
Girl Scout Troop 186 would like to thank all those who bought Girl Scout Cookies and thank those who have dropped off donations in one our donation boxes. We would like to thank the PX and Fire Stations for hosting our donation boxes. We cannot have done any of this without your support.
The Hudson Valley SPCA is located at 940 Little Britain Road, Route 207, New Windsor, NY 12553. The office number is 845-564-6810.
Donations can be dropped off at the shelter or at one of two locations on West Point at the PX or Fire Station 2.