Girls from Hancock, Allen and Putnam counties spent a day this summer at Challenged Champions. (Photo submitted)
Girls from Hancock, Allen and Putnam counties spent a day this summer at Challenged Champions. (Photo submitted)

PUTNAM COUNTY — Girls from Hancock County, Allen County and Putnam County came together last month for one common interest, the love of animals. The girls ranged in age from fourth to eighth grade. The program was part of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio Summer Series Events.

The girls spent three days learning about different aspects of working with animals. They spent a day at the Hancock County Humane Society. They learned how to be the be the voice for animals and the importance of responsible pet ownership.

Julie Schlachter, a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts, spoke to them how she became a farrier, a person that specializes in hoof care of horses. Julie shared the message that girls can do anything, even if it is a position traditionally held by men.

The girls spent a day at Challenged Champions, learning how horses can provide therapy for special needs.

They also learned about running their own business. Paw Prints Spa owner, Jolene Siebeneck spoke to the girls about different jobs working with animals and creative grooming.

The girls spent time with Lodestar, Guiding Angels for the Blind. They learned how seeing eye dogs are trained.

The girls learned through activities, games, and interaction with professionals.

Jaelyn Zarse, a fifth grader from Columbus Grove, said “It was fun and I got to meet new people.”

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio is seeking volunteers to lead this group of girls in a community troop focused on animals.

For more information in volunteering or joining Girls Scouts, call Lynn Bryan at 419-225-4085 or email at lynnbryan@girlscoutsofwesternohio.org.