Rachel Wright, a Girl Scout from Newbury Park, has won the group’s Gold Award for her work to raise awareness regarding pet adoption at Ventura County animal shelters. Wright, inspired by overcrowding in local shelters and the perception that pet owners would rather “shop” for pets at stores rather than adopt, created a mural and hashtag to use across social media, #adoptedatvcas.

“I decided to create this banner backdrop after I adopted my yorkie, Honey, at the Simi Valley Animal Shelter,” said Wright. “There was no exciting place to take a picture and share about my adoption, so I decided that I would create one for future families to have the option to do so!”

The mural is located at the Ventura County Animal Shelter in Camarillo. The Girl Scout’s Gold Award is open to high school-aged girls and is the “most difficult to earn,” according to the club. For more information, visit www.girlscoutsccc.org.