Round Rock teen provides 150 dog beds to animal shelter

If today’s students are tomorrow’s future, things are looking bright in Round Rock.

Cedar Ridge High School freshman Cooper Douglas, 14, embodied the Round Rock spirit of taking care of others with his recent Eagle Scout project. A member of Boy Scouts Troop 157, Douglas made 150 dog beds for the Williamson County Animal Shelter. 

Douglas had previously earned service hours by reading to dogs at the animal shelter, and decided to use his passion for animals to take his volunteering to the next level. For his Eagle Scout project, he put together a budget proposal and presented it at a troop board meeting. He mobilized volunteers, distributed materials and oversaw the creation of the beds.

“To be a good leader, you have to step outside your comfort zone into others,” he said. “A leader needs to be someone who shows an example.”

Douglas was promoted to Eagle Scout in July 2019, and the dog beds remain in use at the shelter today.

“It’s probably one of the happiest times of my life, just seeing everything come together and seeing happy animals,” he said. “Who doesn’t like a happy dog?”

Indeed, Cooper. Great job!

Learn more about volunteering at the Williamson County Animal Shelter at pets.wilco.org/volunteer