Not only do the mural and the paintings bring life and color to the shelter, but will hopefully attract volunteers and future adopters who will feel more comfortable in a friendly colorful environment. A friendly environment makes happier volunteers which make for happier dogs and cats. The mural and paintings also demonstrate good pet caring habits that future adopters coming to the shelter should know, such as always keeping your dog on a leash and giving him plenty of exercise, or the benefits of keeping cats indoor rather than allowing them outside at risk being hit by a car, attacked or contracting a disease. An added benefit of the project was the time and attention the animals received from my volunteer to care for them.
There has been a very positive reaction from the staff and volunteers who are very excited for the bright paintings and new play yard. They are pleased that the walls are no longer white and tell me that “the mural looks great.” Some have even asked me to paint pictures of their animals. Potential adopters looking through the cattery have remarked about the paintings hung on the walls. One person even told me that the paintings made them want to adopt a cat, which is a positive reaction for the shelter.