When Johnson first walked into the room that she was about to redecorate, she noted that “the room was too heavy with bulky furniture, bulky storage, and curtains that completely closed off the room and it didn’t really feel like a homey feeling.” She went on to say that they want these puppies to feel like they are in real and loving homes.
The room was painted blue by APSCA staff, one of the two colors that dogs can recognize, and equipped with a camera to closely monitor the dogs for any anxieties and frosted windows to provide privacy.
Johnson added the finishing touches by placing additional storage toys, dog illustrations on the walls that show former APSCA dogs who have been adopted into loving homes. She also added some pieces of furniture to make the room extra homey and organized.
Extra touches like plants and some piped-in music were added to create a serene and relaxing atmosphere.
Maso said of the finished room, “This room provides enrichment that would not be possible in a traditional shelter setting while allowing our staff and volunteers to learn about each dog and teach them new skills along the way.”
The APSCA team and Maso are grateful for the transformation that Dayna has done. Her creative vision for the ‘real-life room’ will definitely benefit the vulnerable dogs in the shelter, more so this holiday season.