There are some very warm kitties in the New England Society for Abandoned Animals (NESAA) shelter thanks to the girls of Barnstable Brownie Troop 66119. When deciding on a project to earn their Philanthropist Badge, the girls voted to help animals in need. They decided to make blankets to donate to NESAA, according to Trooper Leader Andrea Burnett.
Burnett said the "kitty-crazy" girls, all ages 7 to 9, spent an afternoon making the blankets. Their parents also donated supplies for NESAA's wish list. The girls made the blankets so the cats would feel "snuggly and loved," Burnett said.
When the troop visited the shelter to drop off the blankets, they were given a tour and learned the importance of helping feral and stray cats. The girls asked a lot of questions and learned how several of the cats ended up at the shelter.
NESAA Shelter Manager Sarah McLain called the blankets "amazing". "It's so touching to see children put so much effort and time into our cause."
The Philanthropist Badge is one of several badges Brownies work to earn. The Philanthropist is one of two Financial Literacy Badges, the other being the Money Manager Badge.
Since its start in 2006, NESAA has found forever homes for thousands of cats. For more information about adopting, volunteering or donating, visit the website here or call 508-771-7800. NESAA's shelter is at 89 South Main Street, Unit A1 in Centerville and PetSmart is at 1070 Iyannough Road (Route 132) in Hyannis. Please call for an appointment to visit either location.