PAWS to celebrate new interactive outdoor cat habitatDec 8th, 2011 | By Terri Sercovich | Category: community
PAWS (Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society) will be celebrating the unveiling of a newly completed and installed interactive outdoor cat habitat on Saturday, December 10 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The primary goal of the project is to provide a playful, fun and engaging environment for cats that would also attract humans to the shelter, and specifically to the cat areas. The environment, a sculptural assemblage of columns and platforms, provides lots of lounge and play opportunity for the cats, in addition to adding a splash of color to the new facility. Thus, the cat habitat functions as a sort of sculptural beacon advertising the cats, which can be overshadowed by the dog population at the shelter.
PAWS draws upon a broad base of volunteers in the community who have big hearts and many ways of assisting the shelter and its animals. It was this spirit of volunteerism that led PAWS, via animal activist and networker extraordinaire Jacob Stroman to reach out to a local designer for help with enhancing the quality of the environment for its cat population.
Shannon French, a local designer and former Peace Corps volunteer, designed the project and acted as project manager, overseeing the design, fabrication and installation of the project, recruiting other talent to help bring the project to fruition. Mr. French enlisted the volunteer support of several volunteer architecture students at Tulane University School of Architecture, who assisted in the development of the design and helped with construction as well.
Elijah Sproles, a local artist and fabricator, graciously offered up his skills, studio, tools and generosity to help get the project built. The modest budget for the project, which was for the cost of materials only, was generously provided by a few benefactors with big hearts and a belief in the potential for the project to benefit PAWS and its cat population.
The new PAWS cat habitat sculpture is the result of a unique bond between community members. Its success represents the positive power of bringing people together with shared ideas and a willingness to donate some time and energy towards making their community a better place—for people and animals!
The public is invited on Saturday, December 10 to usher in a new—and hip—era at PAWS!