By Lorelei Day, Star Local Media
Less than a couple of weeks ago, anyone who walked into The Colony Animal Shelter (TCAS) would likely have described it as an average pound – gloomy, bland and rather similar to a prison. In an effort to shed that perception, TCAS staff teamed up with local Girl Scouts to help turn the place into a bright and happy place.
The Girl Scouts have been working for about two months to help make that goal happen.
The first room tackled was the cat room, which TCAS Director Mark Cooper said was hard on the eyes before the Girl Scouts came. The original cat room consisted of 12 3-foot-by-3-foot cages in a “dingy yellow” room, Cooper said, which gave off a depressing feel.
“I said it from day one – it (the cat room) bothered me from the first day I started,” Cooper said.
With a lot of effort and TLC, the once dismal room transformed into an environment worthy of even the most spoiled feline. The initial idea was to create a room that looked like the inside of a fish bowl, Cooper said, but Girl Scout Troop Leader Sheri Cleveland expanded that idea into a whole under the sea theme.
The shelter gathered about $100 from donations, Cooper said, but the renovation was primarily funded through fundraisers held by the girl scouts.
Because it is the first room besides the lobby area seen when stepping into the shelter, Cooper said visitors have turned their attention toward the transformation...