The basics: Megan Sing, 18, of Clovis, is a Clovis North High School graduate and current student at Willow International Community College Center. She wants to become a therapeutic/occupational therapist.
What she does: She built 25 beds mainly for homeless dogs and donated them to Miss Winkles Pet Adoption Center in Clovis. The dogs previously rested in their cages on cement floors on thin blankets. She also designed and produced a brochure for Miss Winkles Pet Adoption Center to educate people on the adoption of dogs.
Why she does it: Sing is a self-professed “huge animal lover.” She has a lab, Buddy, and a shepherd mix, Lucky. She also has three cats — Patches, Mr. Wiggles and Mocha. She adopted all of them. As a member of Troop 305 with Girl Scouts of Central California South, she parlayed her interest in cats and dogs into a project for the Gold Award, the Girl Scouts’ highest achievement.
The turning point: While visiting Miss Winkles Pet Adoption Center, she noticed the dogs on seemingly cold floors and her heart filled with compassion. “I wanted to make them more comfortable in the process of waiting to find a forever home,” she said.
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Details, details: The beds are 271/2 inches by 311/2 inches and stand on “legs” about 5 inches off the ground. They are made out of PVC pipe and topped with canvas bedding. Sing received a lot of help. Marlon Sing cut the PVC pipe to specification for his daughter. Members of Boy Scouts Troop 199 helped Sing assemble the beds on a Saturday.
Fresno Buddhist Temple and United Japanese Christian Church in Clovis also hosted fundraisers that helped Sing net more than $1,500 for costs. Pacific Tent and Awning in Fresno donated the canvas. Earlier this year, Sing delivered the beds and brochures — and the Girl Scouts awarded her the Gold Award.
What others say: Erin Ford-Horio, director of Miss Winkles Pet Adoption Center, says it means a lot to the staff and volunteers that youths in the community, such as Sing, are “so willing and ready” to offer compassion and care for the animals.
“It’s fantastic,” Ford-Horio said. “The dogs and, some cases the cats, are able to use these beds to keep them off the ground at night as an alternative sleeping surface and to give them more of a home feel while they’re here.”
How you can help: Sing hopes younger Girl Scouts can re-do some beds that have become frayed by dogs chewing on them. She also hopes people strongly consider pet adoptions and make financial donations to shelters of their choice.
— Ron Orozco