LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An East Texas animal shelter has put a unique spin on their decor in an effort to help increase pet adoptions.
The Nacogdoches Animal Shelter decided to replace their white walls with enchanting images of animals to improve the quality of the shelter and help create a more comfortable and inviting environment.
Professional photographer Greg Patterson donated three canvas-printed photographs to the shelter.
"When a family walks through the doors they'll see the portraits and hopefully fall in love with an animal here and make that adoption," Patterson said.
That's exactly what organizers hope for and why they decided to start the, "Art for Animals program."
Nacogdoches Fire Chief Keith Kiplinger worked alongside shelter employees to bring this program to life and to ensure that the building serves as more than just a shelter.
"The Humane Society did an amazing job getting some local artist and artisans to put together a front lobby for us that really enhances the appearance, enhances the way the facility looks and knocks of some of the institutional appearance that many of the government facilities typically have," Kiplinger said.
However, this wouldn't have been possible without the talented work of local amateur photographers like Wendy Floyd, who has been capturing animals for the past 8 years.
Floyd said the main reason she donated her images were in hopes of showing people why they should adopt.
"I hope that they will see that these animals are rescue animals how much fun people are having with these animals how rewarding it can be to own an animal and will help because it's a tremendous problem," Floyd said.
They say this is just the beginning they plan on making more improvements soon.
Kiplinger said he and other animal shelter officials are going to the animal shelter in San Marcos to spend the day with them to see how they run their operation and bring those ideas back to Nacogdoches.
If you would like to add a furry family member to your home you can call the Nacogdoches Animal Shelter at (936) 560-5011 to learn how.