the orphanage is a small no-kill shelter in claremont, right up the street where the girls were doing a summer school program. after I confirmed on their website that an appointment to visit the animals wasn't required, we headed over after school one day for a little furry fun.
we piled all of our donations on the counter, which the volunteers appropriately oohed and aahed over as the girls beamed.
then we got to sit in a little room in the back to play with four sweet little kittens who were just as excited to see us as we were them.
like seriously, we were all so excited to play with these little furballs.
my co-leader, who isn't a cat person, was far happier with the puppies. she'd already instructed me before we arrived not to let her take anyone home...although she fell in love with what i thought could have been a top contender for the ugliest dog in the world.
meanwhile, we watched as the kittens continued their playful antics.
and then it was time to go.
but we weren't done. the girls wanted to play with the dogs too.
the old lady named this sweet little guy "trace." or maybe she was just saying "tres" and being extra silly about it.
we'd all really enjoyed our time at the shelter, and while the girls aren't anywhere near old enough yet to volunteer, we were told that they're always welcome to come and play with the animals whenever they want. we're thinking of doing a food drive for them with the troop next year, and so i'm sure that they haven't seen the last of us yet.