How to Earn the Brownie Pets Badge (It's Your Story-Tell It Journey)

Pets are an integral part of many families. Owning one is like having another family member, as many people take their furry friends on errands, on vacations and some even carry them around in special dog and cat strollers!

Earning the Brownie Pets badge can be done even if a child does not own a pet. This is a perfect opportunity to tie in a community service project with badge work so that all girls can fully participate in completing this badge.

Meeting ideas and resources on how to earn the Brownie Pets badge

Step 1 Find Out What Care Different Pets Need

This is an opportunity for girls to talk about the pets they own. All girls can talk about the different needs that pets have as well as similar needs. While all animals need food, shelter and love, some need less attention than others (for example, cats are much more independent that dogs).

You may want to make a Venn diagram on paper or on the white board of similarities and differences so the girls can have a visual understanding.


Step 2 Keep a Pet Comfy (craft)

Paw print fleece fabric for pet beds


Just like humans need a bed, so do cats and dogs. This step is an opportunity to make pet beds for an animal shelter. Before doing this part, check with a local shelter to be certain that they will accept what the girls will be making.

Here are resources on how to make a pet bed:

Make a Cat Pillow

No Sew Pet Bed

No Sew Dog Bed

DIY No Sew Pet Bed

If you are a visual learner, there are a ton of DIY tutorials on how to make one of these no sew projects on YouTube.


Step 3 Help a Pet Stay Healthy and Safe

Visit the animal shelter to earn the Brownie Pets Try It. Photo by Hannah Gold.

Photo by Hannah Gold
Taken while on our Bronze Award trip to the no-kill animal shelter located 
in our community.

While this step is easy for girls who have a pet at home, for those who do not, a trip to the animal shelter will fulfill this requirement.  Girls can ask the workers how they make they keep the animals healthy and safe while they are awaiting adoption.

Step 4 Make a Pet Feel Loved

Again, a trip to the animal shelter will fulfill this requirement for all of the girls in your troop. In addition, you can make pet toys to bring with you so the animals have something to play with.

Remember YouTube is another great resource for you to utilize!

Here are resources for you to use:







Step 5 Feed a Pet

Step 5 How to Earn the Brownie Pets Badge-Feed a Pet


Girls who own a pet can make a feeding schedule. For those who do not own one (and for those that do), they can bring cans or bags of cat and dog food to the animal shelter. While they may not be able to feed the animals, they can be sure that their donations are used.

What have you done to earn the Brownie Pets Badge?

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