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Students Give Colorful New Look to the Fort Worth Animal Shelter

On any given day, the Fort Worth Animal Shelter is a very busy place that’s home to an average of 500-600 dogs and cats. To some, it can also be a very drab place. But it’s quite the opposite for the Fort Worth Animal Shelter. 

More than 200 students from the Fort Worth Independent School District, Texas Christian University and Tarrant County Juvenile Services painted the interior of the shelter every color of the rainbow, on Saturday, October 28. The “burst of color” project is a partnership with the Fort Worth Animal Shelter and that’s led by FWISD art teacher and artist David Orona.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have these partners, artists and students creating such colorful artwork within the shelter,” said Dr. Tim Morton, assistant director of assistance Code Compliance with oversight of the Fort Worth Animal Shelter.

“We want this shelter to be the community’s animal shelter in every shape and fashion. We’ve expanded our outdoor play yards to nearly a dozen separate enrichment areas and now it’s time for the interior to be welcoming for everyone. What says that better than brightly colored paintings.

“Our animals need daily attention and love so we want this facility to be a place where families come to play with the animals and help socialize them as they are waiting to be adopted,” said Morton.

The original art designs are the vision of Orona and his team and colorfully depict dogs, cats, puppies and kittens in various poses of play. In addition to providing a welcoming atmosphere, the project’s purpose is to promote responsible pet ownership, animal care, safety and adoption. 

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