A Good Deed, Indeed

German Shepherd Rescue Orange County gets a helping hand from an Eagle Scout.
Petsguide Magazine Online
Sept. 29, 2009

NEWPORT BEACH – It seemed only natural that Drew Grendell’s Eagle Scout project would lead him back to German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County.

After all, the Grendells already have several ties with the nonprofit rescue group – it’s where they adopted family pooch, Klaus, and mother Sandy joined the nonprofit’s volunteer force last year. So, what did the 17-year-old give back? A good night’s rest in the form of eight elevated beds for several resident adoptees, who had been sleeping on the concrete floor of their kennels.

Drew, an Escondido resident and member of Boy Scout Troop #668, began his project in April. Since one of the requirements involved independently raising money to fund the project, Drew found his capital by collecting and redeeming recyclable cans and plastic bottles.

The beds were a hit with the dogs, according to GSROC officials. Adoptees Beauty, Sammi and Gypsy instantly made themselves at home in the beds – nesting, lounging and at one point even using a bed as a trampoline to peek into a neighbor dog’s kennel, said GSROC volunteer Althea Smith.

“We are incredibly proud of Drew, not only for how professionally built the beds are, but for choosing to help homeless dogs as his special project,” she said. “This young man is going to go far in the world!”

Interested in volunteering or adopting? Learn more about German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County when you visit www.gsroc.org.