ALBUQUERQUE — This Saturday, Girl Scouts in New Mexico will be working to help a very specific population group impacted by the devastating wildfires in our state – animals.
Girls Scouts will be collecting food and supplies for pets and livestock that have either been evacuated or abandoned due to the combined Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires. The public is invited to contribute dog or cat food, hay, grains, or any additional supplies that can be donated to organizations addressing this immediate need in San Miguel, Mora and Santa Fe Counties.
“Many Girl Scout troops leapt into action to collect and deliver toiletries, food, and clothing for the people being evacuated. Even troops that were being evacuated themselves used proceeds from their Girl Scout Cookie sale to buy supplies for evacuees and help feed wildland firefighters,” said Rebecca Latham, CEO of Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails. “When the girls learned that many of those people had to leave suddenly without food for their pets, or that some of them had to leave animals behind, they wanted to help.”
Girl Scouts will be collecting the following donations 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, May 14 at their Albuquerque Headquarters (4000 Jefferson Plaza NE):
- Cat food
- Dog food
- Cat treats
- Dog treats
- Animal crates
- Cat litter
- Livestock feed (horse, cow, chicken, rabbit, pig, goats, sheep)
- Feeding troughs
- Feeding bowls
In addition to collecting items, Girl Scouts will give away a box of Girl Scout Cookies for each car that makes a donation.
Financial contributions to purchase hay and feed for livestock also are being accepted through Facebook.com/NMGirlScouts.