Hill County Paw Pals, Hill County, Texas

Boy Scout James Roush Quickly Finds Opportunity for Eagle Scout Project with Hill County Paws Pals

James Roush, a boy scout from Troop 345 in Hillsboro, learned about Hill County Paw Pals efforts to build and support an animal shelter in Hill County.  James needed a community service project to complete the requirements for his Eagle Scout award so he set off to see how he could help this noteworthy cause.

After attending the first few Paw Pals meetings, James planned his project and decided he could add to the group’s campaign by overseeing the construction and distribution of donation containers to be located at various businesses in Hill County.    James started with a decorated glass jar with a soon to be recognized picture of a “homeless” dog with the caption “Hey Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime?”  It didn’t take long for the public to realize that James’ efforts were in conjunction with Paw Pals’ fund raising drive.    Within a month, James had installed 18 collection jars in three communities in Hill County.

Next, James and Paw Pals member Ronnie Fuchs designed wooden “dog houses” to augment the initial success of the jars.  Mr. Fuchs cut all materials to design specifications and the Boy Scouts assembled and painted the wooden donation holders.

To this date, James’ project has helped raise over $2,000 towards the animal shelter’s building fund.  Because James realized that funding will be necessary even after the shelter is built, his project is designed to be ongoing.

The continued presence of collection jars at local businesses will remind the public that their support of the animal shelter is crucial to its success.  James’ insight and selfless determination will aid Paw Pals’ building fund in reaching its goal sooner.

The donation boxes will become an ongoing public reminder of the animal shelter’s needs and the plight of unwanted companion animals.

“We are fortunate to have a person such as James conceptualize and then carry out such a unique plan to help with our cause,” says Mike Hendricks, Paw Pals’ coordinator.   “But more important, is the example that James has set for his peers–for they are the generation to handle future challenges of our community”.

James has been selected for the rank of Eagle Scout.   James is the son of Dr. and Kari Roush, owners of Hillsboro Veterinarian Hospital.

To learn about becoming a Boy Scout call 582-7627 or write: Troop 345, 203 Brandon Road, Hillsboro, Texas 76645.;   The Boy Scouts meet each Saturday morning at 10:00am at the Scout Hut next to the Fire Station on Corsicana Highway.