Extreme Makeover: Cat Room Edition

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Article Published: Feb. 16, 2012 | Modified: Feb. 16, 2012
Extreme Makeover: Cat Room Edition

The Watauga Humane Society’s cat and kitten rooms are due for an extreme makeover, and the organization is seeking community members to design it.

Photo by Kellen Moore

Kittens love to jump and run.

Cats love to climb and perch.

At least, that’s what the experts say.

One particular expert, the Watauga Humane Society, is holding a contest to design furnishings for its cat and kitten play-rooms.

Before accepting the challenge, artists can familiarize themselves with the cat and kitten room layouts at
http://wataugahumanesociety.org/13-events. Better yet, they can visit the cats and kittens in their rooms at Watauga Humane Society’s Irma Baker Lyons Adoption and Education Center.

The contest deadline is midnight, May 1. Contestants may submit designs for one, two, three or all four rooms. The contest is open to anyone, individuals or groups, and there’s no age limit. The winner – or winners – of the designs will be honored by the felines with a name plaque in the rooms, along with a watercolors pet portrait of the winners’ pet – or pets – by Melinda Clement.

Watauga Humane Society officials stress, however, that it’s most important to keep the cats’ and kittens’ safety in mind when designing play space for them.

According to the N.C. Department of Agriculture animal shelter regulations, the furnishings in the cat and kitten rooms must be impervious to moisture. Building materials must be easy to clean and disinfect. Examples of impervious-to-moisture materials include plastic, acrylic, laminate and PVC pipes.

Entries will be handled through blind submission. The judges will receive blind copies, which will not indicate the names of the entrants. Entries will be judged on originality and technical excellence in creative play for the felines. The decisions of the judges are final. The winner will be announced by June 4.

The actual building of the cat and kitten room furnishings will depend on funding availability, and the society is accepting donations to benefit the cause.

“Or give the gift of time and come play with the shelter animals, foster an animal or, best of all, adopt a loving companion,” a Watauga Humane Society official said. “On behalf of the cats and kittens at the Watauga Humane Society, please put on your creative thinking caps, and come up with innovative designs for the furnishings for the cat and kitten rooms at the Watauga Humane Society. The cats and kittens thank you.”

For more information, visit http://www.wataugahumanesociety.org, email (adopt@wataugahumanesociety.org) or call (828) 264-7865. The Watauga Humane Society is open to the public from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 12:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday through Sunday, and closed Mondays. It’s located at 312 Paws Way in Boone.

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