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Local Girl Scouts helping dogs get back home

July 17, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

On July 10, four members of Girl Scout Troop 80095 delivered two Home Again scanner sets to the Mahoning County Dog Warden. The girls raised the funds to purchase the scanners with the intent to make sure all dogs have the chance to make it back home.

"We all have a strong connection to our dogs," said Girl Scout Addison Henousek. "We know how we would feel if they ran off."

Hanousek was joined by Scouts, Emily Heino, Anna Kerns, and Elizabeth Reed, along with Troop Leader Suzanne Heino to make the presentation. They presented two Home Again Universal Microchip scanners, each valued at $780.

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Photo By J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Girl Scouts from Troop 80095 donated two chip scanners to the Mahoning County Dog Warden on July 10. Pictured with Dog Warden Dianne Fry (center) are Girl Scouts Addison Henousek, Anna Kerns, Emily Heino, and Elizabeth Reed.

"We have a lesser quality scanner and the metal in our vans can cause problems with some of the chip implants," said Dog Warden Diane Fry. "These scanners are very good ones that recognize all chips."

Fry said the scanners will be used in the vans that go out and catch stray dogs. It will enable a better scan and the opportunity to see the dog gets back home if it has a chip.

Heino said her troop raised the funds for the scanners through cookies sales and other fund raisers. The amount was raised over a two-year period and the girls agreed on the purchase.

The project will earn the girls their Silver Award. Girls Scouts have an opportunity to do service projects to earn a Bronze, Silver, and in high school, a Gold award. For the girls' Bronze Award, they initiated an air quality flag program at Canfield Village Middle School and a recycling program for markers with Crayola.

The Silver Award is earned after the two action projects completed for the Bronze, and a community service project, which was the purchase and donation of the scanners. With this award completed, the girls can now look forward to high school and a Gold Award project. In the meantime, the girls are recommending everyone have their dog microchipped so they always make it back home.



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