DEADLINE: Local residents raising funds to give Rockingham County Animal Shelter a colorful makeover
Posted on Saturday February 29, 2020
Local artist Mary E.D. Ryan & local resident Melanie Morrison joined forces to create fundraiser, "Drab to Fab Makeover for Rockingham County Animal Shelter."
Local residents raising funds to give Rockingham County Animal Shelter a colorful makeover

Reidsville, North Carolina – Local artist Mary E.D. Ryan and local resident Melanie Morrison have joined forces to create the fundraiser, "Drab to Fab Makeover for the Rockingham County Animal Shelter." Their goal is to create an art-centric environment which will elevate the mood and feeling of the shelter. Two large murals have been specifically designed and created for the space along with a dozen smaller works of art which also can be used for photo opportunities with new pets and their owners. 

Morrison and Ryan have created a Go Fund Me page to raise funds for this makeover, and hope to have it funded by the end of February, so painting can start the beginning of March.  Interested citizens can also make donations for this project at the Rockingham County Animal Shelter, 250 Cherokee Camp Rd., Reidsville, NC, 27320. 

“Art brings life and joy to a community and so do animals. I want to help create a warm and inviting atmosphere at our animal shelter that encourages people to come visit, volunteer and adopt. Pushing away from the 'dog pound' stigma that still shadows many rural animal shelters," Rockingham County Animal Shelter Brittany Flynn explained.

"I wanted the project to be led by local artists that focused on brightly colored paintings to bring life and energy to our environment. We were very lucky to be approached by local artist, Mary Ryan that wanted to bring our walls to life. Her experience and talent has been showcased throughout Reidsville with the mural in downtown Reidsville and the Public Library. We are so excited to be the next included in her vision and for the final project to be unveiled," Flynn added.

For more information contact Melanie Morrison: at or 336-707-1347.


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