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Lady Oliver
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Girl Scouts "Paws" for the SPCA Cause

A pet is often considered a family member. However, all animals require a lot of time and attention. Recently, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Brownie Troop #14136 toured Houston's Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (S.P.C.A) to learn about the animals' needs and behavior while earning their Paw Pals patch.

The Brownie tour, which is themed "Respecting our Animal Friends," starts in the S.P.C.A. Education Center. The girls are taught about animal rescue and shown the television show "Animal Cops Houston" as an example. "Our program teaches responsible pet care. It's important that the girls know that animals have feelings, too," said Amber Benn, Manager of Humane Education and Children's Programs. "Animals deserve kindness and respect just like people do."

S.P.C.A. also advocates spaying and neutering pets to prevent over population, which leads to strays walking the streets of Houston. On the tour, the Brownies learned that animals not cared for properly often have a different temperament and can carry diseases. In addition to pet care and rescue, Troop #14136 learned about the adoption program. On average, the S.P.C.A. receives one hundred animals daily, including farm animals. The girls were very excited to pet some of these animals.

To complete the requirements of their "Paw Pals" patch, the troop was asked to select a domestic animal and write its story in a short essay. The story is written from the animal's perspective. Once the troop learned about additional volunteer opportunities, the tour was complete.

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