September 21, 2019

Dog Scouts of America Extend Their Paws to Aid American Red Cross Fundraising Efforts

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West Branch, MI – Saturday, March 28, 2009 Recently, the American Red Cross accepted eager volunteer help, to raise funds for Disaster Relief Services, from local Dog Scouts of America Troop #101. Yes, that’s right, and what an outstanding job they did. Customers at the West Branch Wal-Mart Store were anxious to donate money, due to the fact that the “Scouts” are trained to gently receive the bills and place them in the donation basket or to hold the basket in their mouth while generous and amazed folks couldn’t resist donating to these dedicated volunteers.

Seriously, Dog Scouts of America has been established since 1995. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging people to help their dogs be all that they can be. Currently there are close to 60 troops all over the US, including Alaska! Once a Dog Scout, the scout can earn merit badges such as first aid, fundraising, basket holding and many various categories. The dogs join scouting to learn more and to be accepted in more places. Dog Scouts participate in their communities, just like Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts do. "Let us learn new things, that we may become more helpful" is the Dog Scout's Motto. For more information on the Dog Scouts of American go to www.dogscouts1.com.

The American Red Cross and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have been collaborators in serving the community, and each other, since the earliest days of both organizations. Then as now, Boy Scouts could be found volunteering with the Red Cross during disaster relief operations nationwide. From their start in 1910, Boy Scouts have depended on the Red Cross to provide the basis for their first aid training; then, in the early 1920's they joined up with Commodore Longfellow and the Red Cross to develop swimming skills in the "Every Scout a Swimmer" program.

There is a very close similarity between the two organizations and what they stand for. Chances are that in the future, the Dog Scouts of America will be seen as a very viable partnership with Red Cross within our communities.

Currently, the American Red Cross has developed Pet First Aid for Dogs or Cats, teaching owners how to care for their pet in an emergency situation. For more information on that program, call 1-800-691-6059.

The American Red Cross cannot do what they do without the dedication and help from volunteers. These scouts and their owners helped to make a difference in someone's life by donating their time and effort to the Red Cross.

“Help people affected by disasters like the North Dakota Flooding, by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of all disasters. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the National Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross, 3454 W. M-55, Suite A, West Branch, MI, 48661 or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.”

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