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Girl Scouts help homeless cats with Bronze Award project

FORT KENT, Maine — Homeless cats being sheltered in Fort Kent while they await adoption were the recipients of good deeds by Girl Scout Troop 83 members.

The Scouts helped the cats of PAWS Animal Welfare Society while the girls worked on a Bronze Award service project.

PAWS, a non-profit no-kill shelter, is the only cat rescue operation in the St. John Valley.

“We have to do a big service and we decided to help PAWS,” Girl Scout Charlotte Grange said.

Troop member Taeya Bouchard, who has two cats of her own, Peanut and Cuddles, said she was happy the project involved supporting PAWS.

“I just really like cats and I like to help them,” Bouchard said. “They’re just super affectionate. I just really like cats because they are nice and they are much more quieter than dogs.”

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior (fourth- and fifth-graders) can achieve.

Troop 83 leaders Bettina Grange and Stephanie Kirk oversaw the project

“They had to team up and find a need in their community and help in three different ways with a short-term project, an intermediate project and finally a long-term project,” Kirk said.

The PAWS fundraiser served all three Bronze Award requirements.

The girls first held a ‘PJ’s for PAWS’ event at Fort Kent Elementary School on June 4 during which students could wear pajamas to school that day in exchange for donations to the cat shelter.

The fundraiser collected donations of cat supplies and $137 to purchase additional supplies of: 352 pounds of cat litter, 232 cans of wet cat food, 39 bags of dry cat food, 36 rolls of paper towels, 19 cat toys, 17 cleaning supplies, 11 containers of treats and two disposable litter boxes.

“This will help tremendously,” PAWS Board president Garry Bouchard said. “The two items we obviously use the most are litter and food.”

The Troop members also decorated plastic bins, which will be placed at Shop and Save in Fort Kent to collect cat-related donations purchased from the store.

The Girl Scouts also repurposed a wooden chest to be placed outside the shelter so that people can submit cat supply donations for the long term during off-hours.

“PAWS isn’t always open for people to drive up and donate things,” Charlotte Grange said.

For information about PAWS Animal Welfare Society visit the organization’s website or Facebook page.

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