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Carol Long of North Whitehall, co-leader of Junior Girl Scout Troop 6603, and her daughter Ashley, a member of the Troop, walk rescue dog, Pepe, down the runway at the Adopt Don’t Shop Fashion Show. Copyright - COPYRIGHT, 2010 Carol Long of North Whitehall, co-leader of Junior Girl Scout Troop 6603, and her daughter Ashley, a member of the Troop, walk rescue dog, Pepe, down the runway at the Adopt Don’t Shop Fashion Show. Copyright - COPYRIGHT, 2010
PRESS PHOTO BY AARON BERGERJunior Girl Scout Maggie Bowman of Schnecksville and her dad, Carl, walk their dog, Max, dressed as a police dog, down the runway at the Adopt Don’t Shop Fashion Show in Neffs UUC grove. Maggie and her dad adopted Max from the Sanctuary at Haafsville, Breinigsville. Additional photos on page A8. Copyright - COPYRIGHT, 2010 PRESS PHOTO BY AARON BERGERJunior Girl Scout Maggie Bowman of Schnecksville and her dad, Carl, walk their dog, Max, dressed as a police dog, down the runway at the Adopt Don’t Shop Fashion Show in Neffs UUC grove. Maggie and her dad adopted Max from the Sanctuary at Haafsville, Breinigsville. Additional photos on page A8. Copyright - COPYRIGHT, 2010
PRESS PHOTOS BY AARON BERGERChipper, a rescue dog from Sanctuary at Haafsville, was wore a purple scarf as he was escorted walked down the runway May 21 by Junior Girl Scout Ashley Long, 11, of Schnecksville, at the Adopt Don’t Shop Fashion Show in Neffs Union UCC grove. Copyright - COPYRIGHT, 2010 PRESS PHOTOS BY AARON BERGERChipper, a rescue dog from Sanctuary at Haafsville, was wore a purple scarf as he was escorted walked down the runway May 21 by Junior Girl Scout Ashley Long, 11, of Schnecksville, at the Adopt Don’t Shop Fashion Show in Neffs Union UCC grove. Copyright - COPYRIGHT, 2010
Sophia Sciarrino (age 10) of Coplay, a member of Girl Scout Junior Troop 6603, walks Arabella, a rescue dog looking to be adopted from the Sanctuary at Haafsville in Breinigsville, down the runway at the “Adopt Don’t Shop” Fashion Show at the Neffs Union United Church of Christ Grove on May 21st. Copyright - COPYRIGHT, 2010 Sophia Sciarrino (age 10) of Coplay, a member of Girl Scout Junior Troop 6603, walks Arabella, a rescue dog looking to be adopted from the Sanctuary at Haafsville in Breinigsville, down the runway at the “Adopt Don’t Shop” Fashion Show at the Neffs Union United Church of Christ Grove on May 21st. Copyright - COPYRIGHT, 2010
Troop 6603 Junior Girl Scout Sarah Duckett, 11, of Laurys Station, shares the stage with Sanctuary at Haafsville volunteer Bob Long at the fashion show to introduce rescue cat, Lala, who is in search of a “furever” home. Copyright - COPYRIGHT, 2010 Troop 6603 Junior Girl Scout Sarah Duckett, 11, of Laurys Station, shares the stage with Sanctuary at Haafsville volunteer Bob Long at the fashion show to introduce rescue cat, Lala, who is in search of a “furever” home. Copyright - COPYRIGHT, 2010
Sasha, a rescue dog from the Sanctuary at Haafsville, is dressed to the “ca-nines” as she gets ready to walk down the runway at Junior Girl Scout Troop 6603’s “Adopt Don’t Shop” Fashion Show. Copyright - COPYRIGHT, 2010 Sasha, a rescue dog from the Sanctuary at Haafsville, is dressed to the “ca-nines” as she gets ready to walk down the runway at Junior Girl Scout Troop 6603’s “Adopt Don’t Shop” Fashion Show. Copyright - COPYRIGHT, 2010
PRESS PHOTOS BY AARON BERGERJunior Girl Scout Troop 6603’s Co-leader Megan Sciarrino of Coplay holding rescue dog, Arabella, and Scouts Sophia Sciarrino, Megan Krum, 11, and Maggie Bowman, 10, both of Schnecksville, Mikaela Garber, 11, of Allentown, Tori McCoy, 11, of Schnecksville, Ashley Long, 11, of North Whitehall, Sarah Duckett, 11, of Laurys Station, Leah Horvath, 11, of Coplay, and Troop Co Copyright - COPYRIGHT, 2010 PRESS PHOTOS BY AARON BERGERJunior Girl Scout Troop 6603’s Co-leader Megan Sciarrino of Coplay holding rescue dog, Arabella, and Scouts Sophia Sciarrino, Megan Krum, 11, and Maggie Bowman, 10, both of Schnecksville, Mikaela Garber, 11, of Allentown, Tori McCoy, 11, of Schnecksville, Ashley Long, 11, of North Whitehall, Sarah Duckett, 11, of Laurys Station, Leah Horvath, 11, of Coplay, and Troop Co Copyright - COPYRIGHT, 2010

Looking for a pet: Adopt don’t shop

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by AARON BERGER Special to The Press in Local News

Four-legged models take to the runway

Junior Girl Scout Troop 6603’s “Adopt Don’t Shop” Fashion Show in the grove at Neffs Union United Church of Christ May 21 featured rescued cats and dogs in search of “fur-ever” homes from the Sanctuary at Haafsville, Upper Macungie Township.

The Troop includes nine girls, all in fifth grade, who meet regularly at the church, which was happy to offer use of the grove for the show.

The Troop hosted the event for the Bronze Award Project, which requires a minimum of 20 hours of work and execution on a sustainable service project.

The goal was to encourage people to do their research before bringing a pet home, and to adopt rather than purchase from a pet store.

“Our troop has volunteered at the Sanctuary at Haafsville many times before, and we really like animals” said Girl Scout Sophia Sciarrino, 10, of Coplay. “We wanted to show the dogs because all the ‘models’ are looking for a family. A fashion show is a good way for people to see the dogs, and it makes them more appealing.”

Scout Mikaela Garber, 11, of Allentown, said puppy mills are sneaky,”

“They are required by the state of Pennsylvania to have inspections at least once a year, but most try to avoid this rule,” Garber said. “Also, if people purchase their dog online, that could be dangerous.

“Without making a personal connection, people are limited to knowing the dog’s genuine background and characteristics.”

Troop Co-leader Carol Long of North Whitehall has been a Sanctuary at Haafsville volunteer for six years and helps coordinate adoptions.

“All of my family volunteers at Sanctuary at Haafsville, including my daughter Ashley, who is a Troop member. I am so proud of the girls for their effort to showcase some of the Sanctuary at Haafsville animals.”

Troop Co-leader Megan Sciarrino of Coplay said she helped charter the Troop’s exposure to pet adoption.

Sciarrino has been a troop leader since the girls were in kindergarten.

“They learned about pet training, pet nutrition, and met with a local vet,” Sciarrino said. “I provided articles for them to read about puppy mills.

“I have a friend who trains dogs, too. The Troop saw my friend perform a demonstration at Living Things Quality Pets and Supplies of Orefield. We are grateful for Living Things posting flyers about the fashion show.”

Sciarrino said the girls came up with the fashion show idea on their own.

“They wanted to do something related to adopting rescue animals,” Sciarrino said. “They designed and wrote the script for the show, and even went to the grove with sketch pads to design the lay out.

“It was rewarding to be in a room with these girls on a weekly basis seeing them passionately talk about their ideas for this event, and now seeing it come to life.”

Each animal at the show received a brief introduction from one of the Troop members. With assistance from an Sanctuary at Haafsville volunteer, the dogs were walked down the runway dressed in costume.

The Girl Scouts did not want to have any music playing so the audience could fully hear the animal’s description. Fashion wear included head pieces and neck scarves.

The cats introduced at the show were in crates and not in costume, but were still visible enough for the attendees to get a good look at when having their turn on stage.

Attendees were encouraged to bring their own pet and bring a pet supply item for donation to Sanctuary at Haafsville.

A photo booth was available at the show for people to take free pictures with their pets.

Door prizes were given out and everyone attending received a free, retractable pet leash.

The cats and dogs in the fashion show could not be adopted that day, but the volunteers assisting with the show were available to answer questions for those interested in adopting,

“With this being our first time hosting an event like this, if one animal gets one “paw” closer to being part of a family, we’ll all have done good,” Sciarrino said.