Girl scouts brave heat to spruce up PAW shelter

Girl Scouts with troop 9406 of Fort Madison, along with employees of Sherwin-Williams in Keokuk, and family members braved the heat Saturday to put a fresh coat of paint on the front the PAW no-kill animal shelter in Fort Madison. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC


FORT MADISON – Four members of a Fort Madison Girl Scout troop and some leaders partnered with Sherwin Williams on Saturday and spruced up the front to the PAW no-kill animal shelter.

In temperatures higher than 90 degrees, leaders and girls from Troop 9406 in Fort Madison crawled all over the front of the animal shelter and put a new coat of paint on the metal front of the building.

Lisa Engeman, the store manager at Sherwin-Williams in Keokuk, said the company does a community service project every year.

“We have to do a community service project for national paint week every year,” Engeman said. “I wanted to do here. I adopted from here, my sales rep adopted from here, too. So we thought this was a good project. The shelter got new siding on three sides, but budget constraints stopped them from doing the front so we’re just trying to freshen it up and make it match what’s already there.”

Engeman said they also painted the shed in front of the facility.

Sherwin Williams donated all the paint and brushes for the project.

Stephanie King, the troop’s leader, along with Brooke Patton, said part of the girl scouts’ activities are doing community service projects such as donating food to the local food pantry and hospitals.

“We also adopted the garden around the flagpole in Riverview park and provided the gardening work there.”

The high temperatures kept the girls from being on the project too long at one time. The girls rotated from painting to finding shade and playing with some of the dogs that were chained up outside.

“It’s pretty hot out. They’ve been helping where they can reach but they’ve also been spending time with the animals,” Engeman said.

The shelter is currently housing over 120 dogs and 90 cats.

Athena Snook, 10, of Fort Madison works on the front of the PAW Animal Shelter in Fort Madison on a pretty hot Saturday morning. The troop was helping as part of the Sherwin-Williams’ community service project. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC
Kayreena Sterling, back, a girl scout with Troop 9406, works with one of the troop volunteers on the shed in front of the PAW animal shelter. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC


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