November 27, 2021

Support for the SPCA

2 Girls Scouts collect items for Tompkins County shelter

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

Eve Shaff, left, and Brooklan Strange hold signs Saturday for their SPCA donation drive in Groton.

GROTON — Under gray skies and braving frigid temperatures, Brooklan Strange and Eve Shaff danced Saturday on the sidewalk next to Groton’s Main Street while holding signs alerting passing motorists to the girls’ donation drive.

The two 11-year-olds, members of Groton’s Girl Scout Juniors Troop 40049, were collecting items for the Tompkins County SPCA as part of a community project they needed to perform to earn their Bronze Awards, Strange said.

The Bronze Award is the highest honor a junior Girl Scout can achieve, according to the Girl Scouts website.

Even after half an hour, donations were piling up.

“It’s been pretty good,” Strange said, looking over a table of supplies on a table underneath the village’s pavilion. These included dog food, litter box trays and cleaners.

These were all items the SPCA was looking for, along with additional items such as paper towels, cat and dog toys and kitten nursing bottles, according to the organization’s website.

Shaff said she and Strange would also be making stuffed mouse catnip toys to be donated as well.

During the drive, Felix Rojas, of Groton, walked by and asked what was going on. When the girls told him, Rojas went to a store to get some dog food for donating.

As a dog owner, he said he understood the need for them to always have food.

He was also appreciative of the work the girls were doing.

“It’s really, really good,” he said. “It’s for animals. It’s for love.”

Strange said this drive would help the SPCA because due to COVID restrictions, the organization could not get as many adoptions from the public and needed supplies.

“I just hope we get enough things to help out,” she said.