The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 22, 2013

Girl Scouts give SPCA $1,000

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Members of Girl Scout Troop 211 sold a lot of cookies to raise money for charity, then got to meet with Vicki Grantz, executive director of Enid SPCA, on Monday to give the agency $1,000 — 20 percent of the troop’s earnings from the sale of 9,082 boxes of cookies.

Grantz brought Scooter, her Welsh Corgi, and Peyton, her daughter’s Great Pyrenees, to Chisholm Elementary School to visit with the members of the troop, who range from Brownies to Cadets.

The girls asked Grantz many questions about SPCA and about caring for animals. They also asked what sorts of situations bring animals to the shelter.

Enid SPCA has its own animal hospital, where needed surgeries are done on the animals, Grantz said.

“We do surgeries two times a week for spaying and neutering,” Grantz told them. “Does anyone know what spaying and neutering is?”

Several of the girls said they didn’t.

“That means they can’t have babies anymore,” Grantz said.

She explained that for each human baby born, there are seven pets born.

“You guys take in abused animals, right?” one scout asked.

“Yes,” Grantz said.

“How do you find abused animals?” the scout persisted.

Grantz explained that often sheriff’s offices in the area bring the animals in. Sometimes Enid police officers bring them in, too.

One girl asked if SPCA gives money to people to help pay for their animals’ health care. Grantz said most often SPCA takes care of things like neutering before they allow the animal to leave the shelter. If someone adopts an animal who needs medication, sometimes SPCA will help pay for the medication.

Cathy Benge, troop leader for troop 211, said the troop started the school year with six members and has grown to its present roster of 36. Out of the 36, 29 girls sold cookies.

Troop members chose SPCA from a list of nonprofit agencies and designated 20 percent of the troop’s cookie profits to go to the shelter, Benge said.