Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"Help Control the Pet Population. Have Your Pets Spayed or Neutered."

I always enjoyed bidding on the showcases at the end of THE PRICE IS RIGHT, but my favorite game played during the show was Cliffhangers.  My husband's college roommate could yodel that theme song like no other!  We would get so excited when contestants on the show got the chance to play this game.  As the mountain climber made his way up the mountain, I would clench my fists and stifle a yell, hoping he would stop at the peak before falling to his untimely demise.  On occasion (okay, most of the time) I would secretly wish for him to topple over the side of the mountain.  (Nice, I know).  Many people probably remember Bob Barker promoting animal rights by ending each episode of the game show with the phrase, "Help control the pet population.  Have your pets spayed or neutered."  During our visit to a local animal shelter this spring, our Daisy troop learned why this procedure is so important for our community.  
"More than 33,000 adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized every year in the tri-state area alone simply because there are not enough homes for all of them."

We scheduled a tour of The League for Animal Welfare Our troop voted to donate a portion of our cookie sale profits to this organization.  Our monetary donation would be used to purchase leashes, food, treats, and toys for the dogs and cats who live at the shelter while they are waiting for a loving family to adopt them.  The girls asked for a troop puppy that could live at my house.  It was so hard to say no--to the girls and to these adorable puppies.

During our visit, the girls learned how to be responsible pet owners.  They also learned some valuable ways to stay safe around animals they do not know.  This was a great lesson in being FRIENDLY and HELPFUL.  The girls earned the yellow petal for their Daisy apron.  Thank you for reading! 

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