Girl Scouts in eastern St. Mary Parish are collecting pet supplies for My Heart’s Desire Animal Ministry.
Their goal is to make a substantial donation to the Houma no-kill shelter and adoption center as a Christmas gift this year.
“With girls this age, animals are near and dear to their hearts. My Heart’s Desire is one of the few no-kill animal shelters in the region and it’s run solely by volunteers,” Girl Scouts Service Unit 270 Large Events Coordinator Jeanette Dugas said.
“We’ve collected canned goods for Thanksgiving and we wanted to do something a little different for our next service project,” Dugas added. The service unit she represents covers the area between the Calumet Cut and Amelia.
My Heart’s Desire (MHD) provides a temporary safe haven for many different species of rescued animals (not just cats and dogs) until their forever homes are found. Most of the animals taken in were rescued from death row at other shelters.
Because MHD is a non-profit organization, its needs are many. They include:
—Parakeet food, toys and treats.
—Scoopable cat litter and litter scoops.
—Pedigree puppy food and dog food.
—Multipurpose liquid spray cleaner.
—Rabbit, guinea pig, hamster, gerbil, mouse and rat food and treats.
—Trash bags, both lawn and tall kitchen sizes.
—Flea prevention for dogs and cats (Frontline, Advantage and Bio Spot).
—Stainless steel food bowls (can be found at local dollar stores).
—Small and large litter boxes.
—Dog and cat toys.
—Animal-related craft supplies, coloring books and story books.
Public drop-off points for items include The Daily Review office, 1014 Front St., Morgan City; Atchafalaya Animal Hospital, 1106 Victor II Blvd., Morgan City; and Ashlin Buford Photography, 1025 Victor II Blvd., Suite L, Morgan City.
The deadline to drop off donations is Dec. 18.
For more information on the Girl Scout collection efforts, call Dugas 381-6335, Tracey Adams 519-6470 or Belinda Mason 759-0524.
MHD tries to find foster homes for those the shelter can’t house.
They also offer a low cost spay and neuter program that is available to any pet owner regardless of income or residency. With this program, low cost vaccinations and $15 pet microchips also are available.
The adoption center is located at 246 North Hollywood Rd., Houma. The shelter is open Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check out some of the animals up for adoption at www.petfinder.com/shelters/ LA207. Also, be sure to friend them on Facebook. You can reach MHD by phone at 985-226-4693 or by email at myheartsdesireministry @hotmail.com.
By the way, the Girl Scouts are hoping to surprise MHD with the donation, so don’t tell them if you happen to call the shelter.