A number of food drives take place to help those less fortunate around the holiday season, but Dog Scouts of America is working to feed members of their own species.
Illinois-based troop 208 of the non-profit organization made up of dogs and their owners recently kicked off its second annual pet food and donation drive, The Beacon-News reports. The donations will go to feed animals
owned by senior citizens who receive food from the Meals on Wheels program.
Pets are valuable companions for seniors who live alone. However, in an effort to care for these animals, seniors often feed them parts of their delivered meals, compromising their own nutrition.
Last year, troop 208 collected enough donations to create 412 stockings of pet food and toys that were distributed to senior pet owners, the publication reports. Now, the troop has 19 members and about 23 dogs, and they hope to double the number of stockings they donate to animals this season.
Dog Scouts of America is involved in a number of charitable projects, according to its official website. The organization works to enrich the lives of dog owners by using the dogs to help others. Like Girl and Boy Scouts of America, Dog Scouts earn badges based on the good deeds that they complete for members of their community.