On Wednesday August 18th, my husband Kent, my son Lucas & I spent the day in the middle Cat room at the Humane Society of Marion County. I had already done some work there earlier this year, but we still had to finish the Cat Walk Wall. My husband had a great idea in mind of what would be fun for the kitties, and boy was he right.
Above are some of the pictures from that day, and as you can see there are a lot of happy cats exploring the wall. The first photo showcases the whole wall and all the tubes and boards that we put up so the kitties would have a place to hang out, literally 😉 You can see me busy painting & touching up the walls that I painted a soft lavender. My husband and son are the ones wearing the black shirts and Bruce Fishalow, the Executive Director, is in the green shirt checking out our progress. Everyone at the Humane Society specially Bruce, Lyn Zambito & Mary Wrye were thrilled with the way it all turned out. They are such such Angels! The best reward for all our hard work, was seeing the kitties having a fabulous time on the cat walk. There are so many sweet and gorgeous cats there ready to find someone to love and care for them, could you be one of them? I hope you can stop by and see the Cat Walk Wall and maybe meet a new companion 🙂
When I was there I asked myself, If you look at the cost of becoming a member of the Humane Society which is as little as $15 a year and think about how much that money can help all of them and think about how many cups of coffee you can buy at Starbucks for that, maybe 4, I think we could all brew some coffee at home and help out all these sweet animals and the amazing people that take care of them. Please Think about donating to your local shelter and you will feel like the white Kitty in the picture above, Blissfully Happy!
Thanks So very much!!!!
Also you can check out this page from their Newsletter they wrote some very nice things about me 🙂
In February I remodeled the 1st kitty room and also painted a huge tree with kittens in it, here is a short video of how it turned out
While I was painting the “Kitty Tree” (Previous Post) at the Humane Society, the director, Bruce, asked if I could paint the words “Meet & Greet Room” on the door of the room where once a person chooses a dog they might like to adopt, they bring them in there to play with and hopefully adopt. The door was in such bad shape that I decided to strip it, and start over. I had this Lime Green Paint which I think goes pretty well with the green stripe in the hallway, I gave it three coats and its as good as new. Then thinking about how I was going to put the words on the door I thought off the “Albert & Vicky” Portrait I had done. I think they look like they are greeting each other, the colors worked well with the color scheme of the room, and its perfect for the room where potential people meet their soon to be pets. My Husband, Kent, being the brilliant designer he is, put the whole image together in a very fun design. I had the poster laminated and we added Velcro tape to stick it on the door so when it starts looking bad we can pull it off and make a new piece without any damage to the door, pretty smart right, my husband came up with that idea as well, like I said brilliant! I hope these two happy Corgis will greet everyone that comes into this very fun room. Let me know what you think 😉
On January 16th my friend Jen introduced me to Bruce Fishalow the Executive Director of the Humane Society in Marion County. I’ve been wanting to do something for the them since I started Maggie’s Angels and for one reason or another nothing ever developed. Timing is everything.
Upon meeting Bruce, he gave me a tour and showed me all the renovations they’ve done, and they were particularly proud of the new cat rooms. Bruce had this idea of painting a tree in the corner of the kitten room and it just happens that I could do that for him, timing!
We talked about what he wanted to do and the vision was clear, he wanted the kitten room to be warm and fun so the kittens and the people coming in to adopt them would feel at home. That is also the mission of Lyn Beurrier, the cat specialist at the center who has an enormous heart and wants all her kitties to be happy and find loving homes.
Bruce and Lyn along with everyone who works and volunteers at the Humane Society love these animals and really want them to thrive so when you come in to adopt one of them you also feel the warmth that surrounds this place.
I’ve become fast friends with these two fabulous hard working animal lovers and I’ve caught the enthusiasm they have to make this No Kill shelter succeed. I spent two full days painting this mural. I’d come in on Wednesdays, the only day the center is closed to the public, and painted a giant tree with kittens playing in it with a few butterflies fluttering by. I also added some framed Maggie’s Angels Cat portrait prints on the other walls to bring some more happy kitties into the room.
Everyone seems to love it and are so thankful, but it is I who am thankful when I see what these lovely people do on a daily basis for all these animals. I have so much respect for them in how they take care of all these animals, some of them in really bad shape, and heal them not only physically but mentally and spiritually.
Everytime I have shared my talent and volunteer I am always rewarded in so many different ways. I’ll be back next Wednesday to paint some more, and I have a feeling that I’ll keep going back and doing more projects for them.
Here is a short video of “The Tree”