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Bronze Award project: Snuffle Mats

Submitted by Silvia M.

Pikes Peak

Woodland Park

I love animals, and wanted to do something to help them. I went to TCRAS, Teller County Regional Animal Shelter, and talked to the staff about what they needed. They suggested snuffle mats, which are made out of plastic or rubber mats, with strips of fleece woven in the holes, and tied in knots. Treats can be hidden for the dogs to find. Instead of being bored all day, they have something to do while waiting for a new home. The Junior group in my troop researched the material, and made nine mats for the shelter, and we’re still making some more. The shelter and dogs LOVE them!

I’ve been a Girl Scout since I was a Daisy, and am now in fifth grade. Girl Scouting has taught me so many skills, and I’ve made so many new friends. With this Bronze Award, I’ve learned decision-making and leadership, teaching the fourth graders how to do this project and getting their opinions about what we should do. I am looking forward to becoming a Cadette, working on new badges and Journeys, and earning the Silver Award!

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Silver Award Girl Scouts deliver “snuffle mats” to Aurora Animal Shelter






Girl Scout Cadettes Jordan, Tanvi, and Ananya of Troop 60846 in Aurora delivered 20 “snuffle mats,” which they made, to the Aurora Animal Shelter on Saturday, March 7, 2020. “Snuffle Mats,” fun, engaging, stress-reduction tools for dogs and other animals, are made by tying fleece strips to industrial mats. Food is sprinkled over the mat and the animals search through the fleece strips to find it.

The Girl Scouts created the “snuffle mats” as part of their project to earn the Silver Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. Also, as part of their project, the girls are encouraging people across the country to make “snuffle mats” for local animal shelters. They even created a “how to” video and posted it on YouTube. Fellow Girl Scouts who make a “snuffle mat” for their local animal shelter can earn a patch, which will be sent by Troop 60846. Learn more here.

Thanks to 9NEWS/KUSA-TV for sharing this story with their viewers.

FREE fun patch: Snuffle mats for shelter dogs

Submitted by Sarah Stocking

Metro Denver


Jordan, Tanvi, and Ananya from Troop 60846 are making snuffle mats for Aurora Animal Shelter, and they need your help. If anyone makes a snuffle mat for an animal shelter and emails us a picture, then we’ll send you a FREE FUN PATCH! And, you’ll know that you’ve helped a dog in need.

Snuffle mats are enrichment tools for dogs, and other animals, too! They’re made by tying fleece strips to industrial mats, so they’re sturdy and machine washable. Sprinkle food or treats over the mat, and the dogs enjoy searching through the fleece strips for their treats. This is a fun, engaging, stress-reduction tool for the dogs. They love it!


  • 12″x 12″ industrial rubber mat
  • 112 fleece strips cut 1.5″x 12″ each

We bought the TrafficMASTER 36″x36″ commercial floor mat from Home Depot (cut into 9 pieces). Cost is $26, but that makes 9 snuffle mats.

We got fleece donations such as pajamas, blankets, and material from our neighborhood, so the fleece was free.

How to assemble:

  • Copy and paste this link into your browser to watch our video for instructions: youtu.be/UWr4612mqcY
  • Double knot each strip of fleece between each pair of adjoining holes in a grid pattern (both vertically and horizontally).
  • Send us a picture of you or your troop donating your snuffle mats to a local animal shelter, then we’ll send each of you a FREE FUN PATCH! Send pics, number of patches needed, and your address to: snstocking@msn.com

Thank you for helping dogs in need! Have fun making snuffle mats!

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