Saturday, May 30, 2020

Silver Award Spotlight: Toys for Cats with Special Needs

Girl Scout Cadette Kaleigh earned her Silver Award after time spent as a volunteer at the Virginia Beach SPCA inspired her to make a positive impact on the lives of the cats with special needs she met at the shelter. 

Kaleigh planted, grew, and dried her own catnip in her garden. After the catnip was dried, she used fabric and thread to hand sew cat toys in various shapes, designs, and colors and then filled them with her catnip. Her hand made toys were given to the staff at the Virginia Beach SPCA for the cats to enjoy. 

Kaleigh has always loved animals and is happy that her project could benefit a local shelter she has grown a connection with.  

“The best part was seeing the cats playing with and sniffing the toys, especially one cat that is blind. They responded immediately,” Kaleigh said.

Kaleigh assembles one of her cat toys

Kaleigh has now earned her Bronze and Silver Awards and has plans to earn her Gold Award in the future. She has a tip for other Girl Scouts looking for inspiration:

“Find something that is important to you in your environment and come up with a plan to help. Stick with it and see it through to the end.”

Congratulations, Kaleigh!