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Webelos Scouts Aid Animal Shelter


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Webelos Scouts from Pack 31 in Verona are participating in a service project to raise awareness and collect needed items for the Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter in East Hanover. Mt. Pleasant is a non-profit, animal welfare organization that is 100% privately funded. The Webelos decided to work on this service project because they each care about and have animal companions of their own. A dog belonging to one member of the troop, a three-year old beagle mix named Brenna, was adopted from Mt. Pleasant.

The Webelos want you to know that animal shelters need our help. According to the ASPCA:

  • Approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized (60% of dogs and 70% of cats).
  • Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered.
  • Five out of 10 dogs in shelters and seven out of 10 cats in shelters are destroyed simply because there is no one to adopt them.
  • It is impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States; estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.

Items will be collected February 4, 5 and 6. Items can be brought to 44 Newman Ave., Verona, and left in the box in front of the garage. Needed items include dog & cat beds and toys, clean blankets & towels, wet cat food, canned and dry puppy, dog, kitten, and cat food (preferred brands: Natural Balance, Nutro, Pro-Plan and Kirkland), bleach, garbage bags (40 gallon), paper towels, leashes (6 foot) and collars (all sizes), Frontline Plus for dogs and Revolution for cats. For a more complete list or for any questions, e-mail the troop’s den leader at [email protected].

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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