By Ed Harris
Kayla Sica, a Senior Girl Scout, is working to earn her Gold Award by undertaking a project called Success at the Dog Pound.
As part of the project, Kayla is looking to bring awareness to the Southington Dog Pound, its adoptions and creating a permanent donation program that will help collect toys, treats and blankets and towels for the dogs. She is also installing new signage and putting together a tip pamphlet to help insure that new adoptions are successful.
“I’ve always loved dogs,” Kayla said, describing why she chose the dog pound as her gold project. “I wanted to help the dog pound as much as I could.”
Kayla said she is almost done with the project, something she has worked on for close to a year. To earn the Girl Scout’s Gold Award, which is equivalent to the Boy Scout’s Eagle Scout award, Kayla must spend at least 80 hours on a project.
Animal Control Officer Dave Ireland, who is acting as Kayla’s community mentor, thanked the 14-year-old for her work. He particularly pointed towards the two new signs, stating how people have routinely driven by the dog pound on Woodruff Street.
“The more we can be noticed and the more people know we’re here, the better,” Ireland said.
Ireland said the pound currently had three dogs available for adoption.
“Typically we have more,” he said, noting that the number of dogs varied with the seasons.
Kayla is also looking to bring awareness to a reduced rabies vaccination event being held at the dog pound on Saturday, June 7. The event, which runs from 2-4 p.m., offers rabies vaccinations for $20.
Anyone interested in adopting a dog can contact Officer Ireland at 860-628-8053.
The dog pound is open Mondays, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed on Sunday.