Girl Scout Troop Helps Beautify Senior Dog Sanctuary

Recently, Pasadena Girl Scout Troop 10238 embarked on a mission to help beautify the gardens at the Senior Dog Sanctuary (SDS) of Maryland in Severn. The kind endeavor came to fruition when Troop leader Diane Solley asked her good friend Terry deLorge, a volunteer at the sanctuary, if the girls, who were working toward achieving their Silver Award, could do some work at the Sanctuary’s gardens.

deLorge told Shelter Me about the work that the girls in the Troop put in to make the Sanctuary’s day of beauty happen:

The girls Emily, Ellie, Bailey, Grace and Kyleen researched pet friendly plants, drafted letters to present to local businesses and collected over $200.00 in donations that included flowers, pots, soil and mulch.

On June 3, the Girl Scouts and their families converged at the Sanctuary, armed with their gardening tools, donations and best of all, bright smiles. For hours, the Troop worked in the garden, pulling weeds, digging holes, planting flowers and spreading “lots and lots” of mulch.

deLorge told Shelter Me:

After nearly 4 hours of steady work, they brought the front of the Sanctuary back to life with color, the most adorable fire hydrant for our pups to christen and a lot of love!! SDS is so grateful and proud of these young ladies and their families.

SDS appreciated the effort that the girls put forward and the Troop members expressed a sense of accomplishment from their hard work as well. Troop member Emily told the Capital Gazette, “Knowing that the dogs and volunteers will enjoy everything that was done gives me the most satisfaction.”

Read more about the Senior Dog Sanctuary, which cares for “seasoned canine citizens,” at this link.

(Images contributed by Terry deLorge)

Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.