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Walking path built at GHMS as Eagle Scout project

At the beginning of spring, Boy Scout Aiden Wells set out to improve the lives of the kennel workers and dogs living at the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society. The Wells family and Boy Scout Troop 111 engineered a brick walking path that enabled kennel staff to walk dogs safely across the yard and into the miles of walking trails.

Before Wells dedicated his Eagle Scout service project to GMHS, all 46 resident dogs at the shelter walked across a dirt and grass yard to access the walking trails. Heavy, frequent foot traffic created ruts in the yard’s dirt, making the ground uneven and difficult to navigate. Snow and ice also made the yard difficult to cross safely as salt could not be laid down on the grass because it is harmful to dogs’ paw pads. Morning dew on the grass would soak shoes and socks within minutes, and major rainstorms easily turned the backyard into a mud pit.

“Walking the dogs in our care is extremely important to the emotional and physical well-being...

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