Bursting with energy, Savanah Burke cartwheeled down her driveway as her dog, Maisy, trotted after her.
Savanah, 7, has bonded with her adopted pet because of MuttSavers Rescue, a Broomfield-based dog adoption organization. Her family regularly takes in foster pets until they can be adopted at weekend adoption events.
To help the MuttSavers cause and raise awareness of pet adoptions, Savanah and her Kohl Elementary-based Brownie troop will use some of the proceeds from their Girl Scout cookie sales to help MuttSavers continue to connect dogs with loving homes. The girls will sell cookies during three upcoming adoption events.
This is the second year Savanah will help support the dog rescue group through her Girl Scouting hobby. Last year, she raised about $600 to donate to MuttSavers. She did the fundraiser by herself, because she was not part of a troop. This year, however, she is a member of an 11-girl troop that has gotten on board with the fundraiser.
“She's really excited this year, especially now that all the girls are involved,” said her mother, Amy Burke.
Savanah helps her family take in dogs that MuttSavers rescues from over-crowded kill shelters. The Burkes look after the dogs until the organization can match them with a new family at weekly adoption fairs at the Broomfield Petco store.
“People come in and they get interviewed, and if they are nice enough, they can adopt a dog,” Savanah said, cuddling her puppy.