Rescued felines at the Orange County Humane Society are about to feel more at home Monday, thanks to the efforts of three Girl Scout cadettes.
Representing the Newport Beach and Costa Mesa Girl Scout Cadette Troop 2360, Elise Denghausen, Julie Mariano and Sofia Vaides, all 13-year-olds who attend Ensign Intermediate School, have logged nearly 40 hours apiece on their chosen community-improvement project in an effort to achieve the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor attainable by cadettes in their age bracket.
Working after school and on weekends since March, they have built 22, custom-designed "cat condos" and stitched together 24 handmade catnip toys for the shelter. They are also in the process of securing wet cat food donations from local pet stores and collecting used clean towels for the shelter.
"When we talked about what we wanted to do for this project, we all said we want to help animals," Elise said Tuesday, while the girls worked in her parents' garage finishing the condos.