Eagle Scout Hunter Levario posted 1,000 flyers in his quest to collect cat and dog foot, treats, toys, collars and other supplies for the animals at Douglas County Animal Care and Services shelter.
It paid off.
On Oct. 1, Hunter and his parents dropped off nearly a trailer full of dog and cat food at the shelter he collected prior to Sept. 28 for his community service Eagle project. Hunter picked up most of the donations himself, and some items were donated directly to the shelter.
Supervisor Janet Duzan said she was thrilled with Hunter’s efforts. She estimated he collected 1,000 pounds in donations, including expensive specialty foods for older cats and dogs and or pets with allergies.
“We absolutely thoroughly enjoyed working with him on this project,” Duzan said. “He was a joy to work with, and we even talked him into volunteering. I hope we are going to see him out here again. He is a great kid.”
He and his parents thanked the community, Scout troops 495, 226 and 33 which helped, and Laxague Feed and Eastern Sierra Feed which provided drop-off locations at their stores, and donated to the project.
Hunter, 17, is a Douglas High School junior, and a life scout with Boy Scouts of America Troop 495 in Gardnerville. He has been a Scout since he was 6.
“The shelter is in need of high quality, name-brand unopened dry of canned dog and cat food in allergy, senior and puppy-kitten formulas,” Hunter said in his flyer.
He also collected new dog collars, cat collars, clumping cat litter and new toys “for our furry friends,” and $70.