FARMINGTON — For those struggling to feed their pets, members of Girl Scout Troop 1012 of Farmington want to help.

As part of a media journey project and Silver Award, the girls are creating a pet pantry to help people “who don’t have enough money to feed their pets,” Scout Allison Pinkham said. 

The idea was suggested by Kamrym Mitchell. Scouts Sierra Goozey and Ellis DeCarolis agreed to work on it with her. The media journey project required picking a project in the community, working to develop and advertise it.

The shelter is partially set up at the Franklin County Animal Shelter. The girls hope to have it open by the end of the school year, using their last few meetings to iron out the details.

The girls plan to be there one Saturday each month to dole out food, and the shelter staff will lend a hand the rest of the time.

It’s in the works with more details to be worked out, Troop leader Michelle Mitchell said.

The pet pantry will be open to the public with requests taken on trust, she said. No one has to provide proof of need or income.

While they have already started accepting donations, the Girl Scout Troop hosted an Adopt a Pet event held Sunday in North Dining Hall at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Nine area scout troops were invited to purchase one of four toy pets and stuff their bellies with fiberfill. They then received a birth certificate and had their photos taken with their new pet.

Participation included each of the troops providing cat and dog food for the pet pantry.

For more information about pet pantry donations, contact Michelle Mitchell at 491-4515 or at [email protected]

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