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Q & A: Doggie D??cor

Kennel-decorating contest brings visitors and fun to a Maryland shelter

Kennel-decorating contest brings visitors and fun to a Maryland shelter

The title of this kennel is “Camping in the Vermont Woods,” and despite being hundreds of miles from that state, resident Pepper makes herself at home, often sleeping in the tent or the camp chair. MICHELLE RILEY
The Maryland SPCA is in Baltimore, but this July, shelter visitors found themselves in far-flung places like Japan, Germany, Holland—and even Margaritaville. Staff and volunteers decorated almost all of the facility’s 39 dog kennels with summer-vacation themes. The dog runs were full of eye-catching color, from an inflatable pink flamingo in the “Hawaii” kennel to a bright blue tarp that represented Niagara Falls.

Armed with their creativity and $2 budgets, 20 teams had three days to complete their chosen themes. Some came in on their days off, and many bought extra supplies with their own money. Shelter visitors voted for their favorites from July 18-28, and to cap off the promotion, staff and volunteers brought several dogs to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for a “vacation” at the end of the month. Once the votes were counted, ribbons denoted the winning designs—which were also announced on the SPCA’s website—and members of the top three teams received restaurant gift certificates and SPCA-logo clothing.

In this excerpted interview, Maya Richmond—director of program development and operations and creator of the decorating contest—spoke with Animal Sheltering’s Katina Antoniades while teams put the final touches on the kennels.

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