Zachary H., who has been involved in Scouting and Venturing, has compassion for animals. When he learned about the dogs that were being brought to his local SafeHaven Humane Society and how they needed dog beds, he knew that he had found an Eagle project that would be enjoyable and would help benefit his community.
The Albany Democrat-Herald shared the story of how Zachary worked with the local no-kill shelter to provide the beds for the dogs.
He started his Eagle project by collecting fabric and other sewing materials. Then he brought his team of volunteers together to work on sewing and constructing 50 dog beds so that they could all be delivered to the Humane Society shelter on the same day.
Adaline Padlina, marketing and communications manager for SafeHaven, complimented the Scout on his efforts.
“It was a huge donation and really impressive for someone so young,” she said.
Padlina added that when dogs arrive at the shelter, it can be a frightening experience for them, but having a dog bed can provide them with comfort.
“The beds Zach made provided them with more than just a soft place to lay; they were a sense of comfort and belonging when their world was otherwise turned upside down,” she said.
“Most of the dogs were able to go home with their beds, too, so for many of them it was one of their first solid steps toward a new life. That’s a huge gift, and all of us here at SafeHaven are really impressed by Zach’s thoughtfulness.”
To learn more about Zachary’s project to provide dog beds for his local dog shelter, be sure to read the full article in the Albany Democrat-Herald.