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Coffee Break: Making Your Organization More Appealing to the Public

How does your organization make its facilities more appealing to the public? Do you decorate your lobby? Deodorize your kennels? Disguise ugly parts of the building? That was the question we asked for this issue’s Coffee Break, and you responded by describing some of the great ways that you’ve spruced up your shelters to make them more cheerful and inviting to potential adopters.

We are very fortunate to have a professional artist as a volunteer! She turned our cageless adult cat room into a colorful garden by painting a flower garden all around the room in bright, vivid colors—even added birds and butterflies! Everyone comments on how cheerful and fun it is. The cats just love it, and of course they tried to help with the project! They’d take off with the paint brushes, thinking they had found a new toy! The artist thought she would never get it finished.

—Marilyn Spivey, volunteer coordinator, Friends for Animals Adoption Shelter, Granbury, Texas

1) We utilize the posters from our auction each year to change up the messaging on our walls and to keep it fresh. 2) Flower boxes are refreshed regularly at our entry. 3) Our dogs and cats have colorful bedding in their kennels. We may be poor, but we are always clean and well organized.

—Terri Inglis, executive director, Homeward Pet Adoption Center, Woodinville, Washington

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