Greenville 4-H members volunteer at Montcalm County Animal Shelter

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:50 am on Tuesday, May 01, 2012

During the Country Cruisers’ visit to the Montcalm Animal Shelter, 4-H member Mikalah Gibbell walked one of the dogs that was at the shelter. — Courtesy photo

GREENVILLE — A local 4-H group, Country Cruisers, volunteered their time at the Montcalm Animal Shelter and plan to do so again in the future.

On April 5, the Country Cruisers went to the shelter bearing homemade gifts and treats for the animals.

“The kids used to do road cleanup,” said Angel Graves, one of the Country Cruisers’ leaders. “Because 4-H deals with animals, we decided to go to the shelter.”

They made homemade treats from a recipe they found online and also made toys for both the dogs and cats out of donated materials, said Julie Richmond, swine group leader for the Country Cruisers.

Some toys included pull toys made out of donated sheets and towels.

The Country Cruisers 4-H Group spent time at the Montcalm Animal Shelter volunteering their time.

Overall, Richmond said the group made about 100 items.

“They loved the animals,” Graves said, adding the visit taught the group a lesson that hit home.

She said the group learned in the past they have taken their animals for granted after seeing so many that do not have permanent homes and have to be caged at the shelter.

“It was actually heartbreaking for them,” Richmond said, “especially when they learned (the animals) could be put down.”

Graves said one of the reasons the group decided to go to the shelter was because it is one of those areas that lack attention and donations.

Richmond said at first the group was slightly nervous and scared because they did not know what to expect, however that feeling went away after each member got to take a dog and play with it.

The group was only able to spend a short amount of time there because of an emergency call the shelter had to go on, but Graves said that will not stop them from going back.

“We plan to go back to the shelter (in the future),” Graves said.

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