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Love of cats sparks Girl Scouts’ project

Van Arsdale alumnae sold candy grams, collected items for Lakewood shelter


The walls in the lobby at Van Arsdale Elementary School in Arvada was filled will paper paws asking people to help support orphaned cats this holiday season. The cat supply drive is one part of two local Girl Scout’s attempt to earn their Silver Award.

Sienna Shaw, 12, and Izzy Lopez, 12, both cadets in Troop 4259, are helping to raise money and supplies for Angels with Paws, a limited intake rescue shelter in Lakewood.

Since opening in 2004, Angels with Paws has rescues over 10,000 homeless, unwanted, abused, neglected and abandoned cats. The group provides all of the rescued cats’ basic veterinary care, treatment, rehabilitation an a place to live until they are adopted.

“We really like cats,” Shaw said, of why this was the focus of their project. “They don’t kill their animals and it’s an all volunteer organization.”

Both girls who now go to middle school at Drake and Oberon, were sixth-graders at Van Arsdale last year and when their middle schools didn’t approve doing their collection there, Van Arsdale did.

The girls also facilitated the selling of candy grams at the school. With 1,400 candy grams sold at $1 a piece, the money raised will go to buy more supplies for the shelter, or be donated as cash.

The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn and gives them the chance to make their community better in the process.

Lopez said for her, earning the Silver Award is “really just to help the community.”


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