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Local Cub Scouts aid animal rescue, homeless shelter

By: Alex Szwarc | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published February 21, 2020

 Mount Clemens Cub Scout Pack 1070 member Jonathan Renaud holds a dog from A ReJoyceful Animal Rescue in Mount Clemens. The pack donated blankets to the rescue earlier this month.

Mount Clemens Cub Scout Pack 1070 member Jonathan Renaud holds a dog from A ReJoyceful Animal Rescue in Mount Clemens. The pack donated blankets to the rescue earlier this month.

Photo provided by Nicole Renaud

MOUNT CLEMENS — It was a multifaceted effort for a local Cub Scout group lending a helping hand.

From October to December, Mount Clemens Cub Scout Pack 1070 collected over 75 blankets for animal shelter pets and donated them to A ReJoyceful Animal Rescue in Mount Clemens. They also packed over 60 blessing bags for the homeless.

The pack consists of around 15 boys and girls ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade. It’s based in Mount Clemens Montessori Academy.

This was the second year for the collection. Last year, 45 blankets were collected. Blankets were donated from community members.

“Scouts asked their friends and families, and we put a post on Facebook so other students could bring in blankets if they wanted to,” said Nicole Renaud.

Renaud has two children in the pack – son Jonathan and daughter Jaxsen.  

A ReJoyceful Animal Rescue’s mission is to help all homeless, neglected or abused animals and find them forever homes, and to educate the public on how important spaying and neutering are. It is a no-kill, foster-based cat and dog rescue founded in 2007.  

“I followed ReJoyceful on Facebook and a couple other rescues, and (they) were so close to the school,” Renaud said. “My kids love animals, so it was one of the things she really wanted to do.”

Jill Wolfgarth, an ambassador at A ReJoyceful Animal Rescue, said that every animal at the rescue receives a blanket.

“When they get adopted it helps them transition into their forever home,” she said. “They have something that smells like the home they were just in.”

Wolfgarth thanked the Cub Scouts for their efforts and wants them to continue doing great work.

After they were collected, blessing bags were dropped off at Zion United Church of Christ in Mount Clemens.

Blessing bags were filled with basic items, like travel size deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, razors, socks, mittens, hats, snacks and water.   

“The Cub Scouts get credit for doing service opportunities, and it makes them feel good. Sometimes they can earn badges, so they’re really learning about giving back to the community,” Renaud. “Unfortunately, we have a lot of homeless in Michigan and our weather is unpredictable.”

She added that the Scouts are learning about how others live, and when it comes to pets, understanding that animals on the street or in a shelter want something warm and cuddly to take with them to a foster home.

“It puts a good vibe out there for the kids to show other kids what they can do,” Renaud said.

The blankets have been dropped off at the rescue, and many have already been distributed.