Girl Scout troop fills ARL shelter in Brewster with soothing sounds

Job earns scouts a silver award
Alex Cassell, George Cassell (Alex’s father) and Jessica Taylor with her back to camera. ARL-Brewster photo. - See more at:

The pets in the Animal Rescue League’s Cape Cod shelter are enjoying the sweet sounds of Bach, Beethoven and other soothing classics thanks to some local Girl Scouts.

Brewster Senior Girl Scouts Troop 80930 spearheaded a fundraising effort to install a sound system in the kennel area of the shelter, knowing that a backdrop of soothing melodies can reduce stress among pets in a shelter environment.

Scouts Jessica Taylor and Alex Cassel piloted the effort, proving that Girl Scouts have some serious muscle on the Cape. The girls got Nantucket Sound in Hyannis to donate a new system. They solicited financial donations from Guapo’s Restaurant and The Lost Dog Pub to fund the audio equipment.  And they recruited a group of handy helpers (read “dads and friends”) to do the installation.

The new system was installed on March 31 and the kennel has been filled with the sweet sounds of the classics, some light jazz and a little R&B ever since. The initiative earned the Scouts a Silver Award.  And the dogs?  A good night’s sleep!

Courtesy of the Animal Rescue League-Brewster, Route 6A, Brewster, 508-255-1030. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on