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Benicia Girl Scouts Earn Bronze Award Through Helping Animals

Members of Benicia Troop 20076, who earned their Bronze Award, from top:  Piper Dean, Viva Traver, Zoe Babot, Leader Leann Taagepera, bottom row: Kennedy Calise-Thacker, Katrina Taagepera, Maggie Bergen, and Lauren Notarianni.
Members of Benicia Troop 20076, who earned their Bronze Award, from top: Piper Dean, Viva Traver, Zoe Babot, Leader Leann Taagepera, bottom row: Kennedy Calise-Thacker, Katrina Taagepera, Maggie Bergen, and Lauren Notarianni.

Girl Scout Troop 20076 Letter to the Editor

Benicia’s Girl Scout Troop 20076 recently earned their Bronze Award, which is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve.  The troop has since bridged to Cadettes.  They would like to submit the following Letter to the Editor as a group.

The topic of their Award was helping animals through advocacy about the importance of spaying and neutering pets and adopted animals from animal shelters and volunteer groups.  The girls made blankets for pets which they delivered to the Humane Society of the North Bay shelter in Vallejo, where they also volunteered their time.  They also volunteered with the Solano County Friends of Animals at their adoption drive and fundraiser for cats and kittens sponsored at Pet Food Express in Benicia.  The following is their words about this topic:

If animals are our best friend, shouldn’t we be theirs? There are too many feral cats because people don’t spay and neuter their cats.  Spaying and neutering are important because it keeps animals from being vicious and also if animals are not spayed or neutered the population can get too big.  Spaying or neutering your cat or dog is good because your dog will not bite as much.  They will also be kinder to other dogs.  They will want to play with their toys more with you and it will make them less likely to bite your hand.  Getting your pets fixed can make them better family pets as they often behave better.

If you want a pet, get it from a shelter! Adopting a pet from a shelter is important so the animal can get a second chance at a happy home and better life. I adopted my cat from the Benicia Vallejo Humane society when he was a kitten and he is neutered.  He was abandoned by his mother and now he is part of my family.  Animal shelters have many dogs and cats that are up for adoption because their original owners are unable to care for them any longer. These pets deserve a better life where they can be well cared for and loved. By adopting an animal, a dog or cat's life may be saved.   

You should adopt an unwanted pet as if it was not unwanted.  Treat it well and it will treat you well in return.  Adopting unwanted pets helps those pets enjoy their life more.  It also might save them from dying.  Most of the time unwanted pets have nothing wrong with them.  Some might be cast-off dog show dogs, just not good looking, or just the runt of the litter.  All of these are fine dogs and cats to be adopting.  Remember, when you adopt a pet, it gives that pet a loving home and also opens up a spot in the shelter for a pet that is homeless and hungry. 

Sincerely,

Benicia Girl Scout Troop 20076

Peter Pumpkin Eater November 20, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Susan Laird North...that was not a very nice thing to say now was it?! Susan, why are you hiding behind a dead persons name? Danny is dead, get over it!!
Frances Jackson November 22, 2013 at 03:09 AM
Benicia Girl Scouts - thank you! I wish that I, like you kind and smart girls, had understood when i was young how important it is to speak out for voiceless animals. I am an advocate for horses now - but all animals matter. Perhaps in time, you special girls will find vegetarianism an option. Anyway, well done.

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