Girl Scout's project yields Happy Socks, happy cats

I am Vivian Yale, and I am a 14-year-old San Angelo Girl Scout working on my Silver Award. The Silver Award is the second-highest award you can earn in Girl Scouts. For my project, I have been helping the animal shelter vivian yaleby making and giving them “Happy Socks,” and by adding information about the ways people can donate to and volunteer for the shelter.  Happy Socks are poly-fill and catnip stuffed socks, given to shelter cats because they are therapeutic and similar to a teddy bear for them. The socks calm a stressed cat and invigorate a bored cat making for a more adoptable cat.  With the help of many different volunteer organizations I was able to make and donate 785 Happy Socks to the shelter!

I was inspired to help the animal shelter when I went to help Daniel Soupiset with his Make A Difference Day project this past October. An employee at the shelter told my Scout troop about Happy Socks and how much the cats liked them; and that’s where my Happy Socks idea came from. The idea to add information about a wish list and volunteering opportunities to the shelter’s website came to me when I searched on the website for both, but was unable to find either.

It’s my goal to help the shelter make the lives of these animals as pleasant as possible.  The shelter does a super job of trying to find homes for San Angelo’s orphaned animal population. Please adopt a shelter animal!

This project wouldn’t have happened without the help of James Flores and his staff at the shelter.  San Angelo is lucky to have the shelter in such good hands!   

I remember when I gave the shelter cats their Happy Socks, and they went crazy over them! When I saw how happy the socks made the cats, I was filled with joy and I knew that all my hard work was paying off. 

Adoption prices

Adoption fees include the cost of the spay/neuter, rabies vaccine, microchipping and City registration.

$65 - Spay/Neuter
$10 - Rabies vaccine
$10 - Microchip
Total = $85

$45 - Spay/Neuter
$5 - Rabies vaccine/Microchip
Total = $50

View the pets available for adoption by clicking here.

You can start the adoption process by printing and filling out a dog adoption application or this cat adoption application. The application is also available as an online form for adopting a dog or for adopting a cat.

How you can help

To volunteer at the Animal Shelter, you must be 18 years of age or accompanied by a parent/guardian. Children are not permitted to work with animals at the shelter. However, minors may help with the Mobile Pet Adoption.

Please wear clothes you can get dirty in, along with close-toed shoes. Volunteers are most needed with mobile adoptions, bathing and cleaning the animals, cleaning up, picking up trash and mowing.

The Animal Shelter also accepts donations. Our wish list includes: 

  • Monetary contributions
  • Dog food (for a food pantry)
  • Microwave rice, chicken and hot dogs
  • Leashes, collars, harnesses
  • Stainless steel bowls
  • E-collars
  • Flea combs
  • Sanitation materials
  • Bath towels
  • Bleach
  • Dish soap
  • Oatmeal-based pet shampoo
  • Paper towels
  • Dress-shirt boxes
  • Non-clumping cat litter
  • Snare poles

Please NO toys, treats or beds.

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