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Adoption for Good: Girls Who Code project encourages pet adoption

By Ellie League ’24 and Grace McDaniel ’24

Hello! Our names are Ellie League and Grace McDaniel. We joined a Girls Who Code club last year, in sixth grade, led by Ms. Roach, the Middle School computer science and digital communications teacher.

Founded by Reshma Saujani, Girls Who Code is a nonprofit organization made for exploring coding in a fun and friendly environment. Girls Who Code aims to support and increase the number of women in computer science worldwide. The purpose of Girls Who Code projects is for girls to learn coding and raise awareness about topics they believe in. Through Girls Who Code projects, introverted girls can make new friends (like we did) and build their self confidence.

This year, we decided to do a project about why people should adopt or foster animals from shelters. We chose this topic because it was something that really stood out for us. We believe that not enough animals are being rescued from shelters and instead are being bought from breeders or puppy mills. Every animal deserves a second chance, and no animal should have to die because they are not the top priority in a shelter. According to, 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed each year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes. With our website, we hope to inform people about this growing problem.

On our website, which we’re still designing, we will have reasons about why pet lovers should adopt and also consider fostering pets awaiting adoption. We will include interviews with people who have either adopted or fostered or both. With the information that we have included in our website, we are hoping to change how many dogs are euthanized each year and hopefully make sure that every dog has a loving home. We will also have the addresses of animal shelters in states around the country so that people can visit them. In addition, as we have learned that ideas can be spread great distances through social media, we will have an Instagram account, reaching out to people on social media about this issue as well.

Overall, we are aiming to make an impact on our community by changing people's mindset about adopting pets from shelters. We want to make sure that every animal has a second chance at a forever home. Through our Girls Who Code project, we are motivated to achieve our goal by communication and collaboration.

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