LAND O'LAKES — Pasco Animal Services has some adorable new faces at the Land O'Lakes shelter — but they're not available for adoption.
Paintings of dogs and cats, as well as pet-inspired clay artwork, were donated last week by art students from Darlene Wells' class at Ridgewood High School. The artwork, which feature animals that had personal meaning to the students, will be used to decorate the main adoption center as well as Building C, the intake building that is being renovated.
"The walls in the shelter are in need of decorations and the art projects will be perfect," said Judy Gregory, the education coordinator for Pasco Animal Services. "The ambiance of the shelter will be totally transformed by the clay art and the acrylics that the students did."
This isn't the first pet-friendly deed by the Ridgewood students. Last fall, students in Coach Crissy Cooper's health and physical education class decorated gift bags for people adopting pets at the Dec. 22 "Empty the Shelter" event. The students also donated planters for the front of the adoption center and decorated collars and bowls for the dogs and cats at the shelter. In addition, the students also designed backdrops for photographs that decorated the shelter for the holidays.
"We were so thankful for all of the hard work from the students at Ridgewood High School," Gregory said.