When 14-year-old Frank Bond had to choose a project to fulfill the requirements for becoming a Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout, he chose to focus on animal welfare in Sparks.
In February, Bond started thinking about what he wanted to do to show leadership skills and make a difference in the Sparks community. Around this time, Bond learned of cats being displaced from the area’s wildfires and many of them were breeding, their kittens ending up at the Nevada Humane Society. He saw on the news that the Nevada Humane Society was calling for donations to help buy cat food to support the kittens awaiting their next homes, so on March 1 Bond started contacting local businesses to try to drum up monetary support. The Life Scout was able to garner $1,610 for the cause, the biggest contribution in the community.
With the money, Bond bought 2,242 pounds of dry cat food, 5,358 ounces of wet food, and donated two “kitty condos” that he built himself (along with his Boy Scout Troop #14). He also led his troop in the construction of five cat scratch posts using materials like wood, staples, and carpeting.
Bond made his first delivery of more than a thousand pounds of cat food and the scratch posts to the Humane Society on June 9 and then delivered wet food and other kitten goodies on June 22.
“They were surprised and thankful,” Bond says of the reaction that the Humane Society had when he donated the goods. The Nevada Humane Society takes in up to 10 litters per day containing 3-7 cats per litter.
“The Humane Society is an awesome group to work with. I really want to thank Michelle Perez, the events manager, and maintenance supervisor Jack McCreary for helping me coordinate getting food to the cats,” Bond says.
In autumn of 2016, Frank Bond’s brother Jacob Bond secured school supplies for local underprivileged students as part of his Eagle Scout project. Working with Troop #14, Jacob was able to raise $945 to buy materials such as notebooks, binders, pencils, and 52 backpacks.