Leila Dycus Staff Writer
An extraordinary group of Covington Girl Scouts made an impact on the lives of some Morgan County animals last weekend by hosting a large adoption event in downtown Covington with the Humane Society of Morgan County (HSMC). After receiving a call from Amelia Jenkins, a 10-year-old Girl Scout from Covington, HSMC Director Belinda Bell and staff decided to participate in the group’s adoption event on Saturday, August 9.
The event began at 9 a.m. and lasted until 1 p.m. HSMC was one of four groups to participate in the Girl Scout Troop 10545’s animal adoption event. The Covington based group invited the organizations to take part in the event, which was held in park at the center of downtown.
The Girl Scouts made the adoption event one of their service projects. “Amelia and I had a lengthy conversation in which she asked many awesome questions and was very specific about the event,” said Bell. “She obviously had a great passion for what they were doing and there is no better way to encourage future rescuers than by letting them play an important part in it.” After setting up the different organizations were informed that the donations raised from a bake sale and the sell of dog beds, bandanas, raffle tickets and homemade dog treats would be split up between the organizations.
For each animal adopted at the event the Girl Scouts would give the new owners a number of items that would help with their new forever friends. “Seeing the young scouts work so very hard for the animals and of course the adoptions were my favorite part of the event,” said Bell. “They worked together like a well oiled machine.” The scouts aided the groups in unloading the animals, provided all sorts of treats for the adopters, offered shelter workers water and even made posters for all the animals. During the event the girls handed out information to potential adopters with facts about shelters.
Their information packets event included links to different rescues and pounds. As for The Morgan County Humane Society, they brought 16 dogs to the event. A set of seven puppies attracted a lot of attention from scout members and potential adopters. Of the 16 they took four got adopted and three more back at the center. “A terrific family made the decision to follow us back to the center where they could spend more time with two of our dogs- allowing them to make a better planned decision,” said Bell. The family who adopted long time HSMC resident Cherokee and Hank were just one of the success stories that came out of the day. A family drove from Roswell to adopt Rock, a beagle puppy. Cherokee’s sister Sioux also found her forever home with a patient family who recently lost their family dog. Stories like these are the reason that HSMC travels to off site adoption events.
It takes a community to save animal lives and bring awareness to the humane treatment of animals. Animals are around us everyday and it is our responsibility to make sure they are care for in a humane fashion. “You don’t have to own a pet to spread the word about animal welfare and it is everyone’s business,” said Bell. “These types of events bring awareness to communities and bring people together to share in a common cause.” Belinda went on to say that there are just no words to describe how well organized this past weekend’s event was and the dedication of the scouts, their moms and leaders and of course the humane society volunteers.
This was probably one of the easiest events the HSMC has ever attended and probably one of the most productive as well. Currently, the HSMC is offering dog-training classes.
They also still have some certificates for low-income families to have their pets vetted and have the low cost mobile clinic scheduled for October 8 and 9. The goal of HSMC is to help people keep their pets so they don’t end up in animal control facilities. HSMC can also be found at Conyers Petsmart and Athens Petsmart on Saturdays.
Check out their Facebook page for updates and information about where they’ll be next. HSMC, like other rescue organizations, are fortunate to have the chance to reach out to other communities to help save animals lives. “Animals don’t have geographical boundaries and neither do adopters, so it just makes sense to reach out,” said Bell.