The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 26, 2013

Enid Girl Scouts make a positive impact in community


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Members of Girl Scout Troop 211 learned a great way to make a positive impact in our community.

The troop sold loads of cookies to raise money for charity, then got to meet with Vicki Grantz, executive director of Enid Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, to give the agency $1,000. That was 20 percent of the troop’s earnings from the sale of 9,082 boxes of cookies.

Enid SPCA, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, has a mission to provide for the health and welfare of homeless, unwanted or neglected animals. It’s a worthy cause, indeed.

The girls asked Grantz many great questions about SPCA and about caring for animals.

As props, 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 also asked what sorts of situations bring animals to the shelter. Grantz explained that often sheriff’s offices in the area bring the animals in. Sometimes Enid police officers bring them in, too.

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

Since Enid SPCA has its own animal hospital, where needed procedures are done on the animals, surgeries are performed two times a week for spaying and neutering.

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 girls started the school year with six members and has grown to its present roster of 36.

Out of the 36, 29 girls sold cookies. That’s impressive.

Congrats to everyone involved in this worthwhile endeavor.