Girl Scouts learn about animal care and rescue

Girl Scout Troop 97670 of West Milford has spent the past year learning about animal care and animal rescue.

The 10 young Girl Scouts (ages 8-10) organized and hosted tours from several animal care experts and visited many local animal rescue organizations in their search for knowledge.

Then, as usual for Girl Scouts, they took action to help.

Learn from the experts

The troop has hosted visits from animal care and rescue professionals including: Fountaine’s Horse and Carriages and Lokai Rose Exotic Pet Rescue. They have arranged tours with Julie Cheshire to learn more about endangered animals and Bruce Rufner to learn more about bear safety.

The girls conducted site visits and tours of Space Farms Zoo, Spring House Dairy Farm, Raptor Rescue and West Milford Animal Shelter; and also hosted a virtual tour of the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve via Zoom.

Girl Scouts take action

Girl Scout Troop 97670 decided to help animals locally by collecting donations of supplies and raising money for the West Milford Animal Shelter.

They made donation boxes and placed them all over town for a month to collect much-needed items for the animal shelter. The girls also requested and received a donation for ShopRite’s shelter in West Milford.

The troupe then held a ‘canning’ fundraiser, collecting change from local residents at the West Milford Dunkin’ Donuts store, with 100% of all money raised going directly to the shelter.


Through their knowledge-seeking and action-seeking efforts, these young women were able to collect and deliver over $1,000 worth of much-needed animal care supplies to the West Milford Animal Shelter. They also presented the shelter with $615 to use as needed for the animals.

Boyd S. Abbott