Ms. Juliann Picklo’s Art Class of Ferndale Area High School is set to present the Humane Society of Cambria County with a special art project created for the shelter on Friday, January 14th at 10 a.m. at the Ferndale Area High School. The class, comprised of grades 9th through 12th, has created unique illustrations of some of our shelter animals on 16” by 20” canvases. The Humane Society has plans to auction off these canvases to directly benefit the shelter. 

When selecting the Humane Society of Cambria County to be involved in this particular project, Ms. Picklo explained, “We chose the Humane Society because we wanted to support a local organization that encourages acts of kindness. And, in this particular class, many of my students had a connection to the shelter. They were very excited to support the Humane Society!” Some students have volunteered their time at the shelter and others have added a companion to their family when adopting from the shelter. 

Students chose a cat or dog available for adoption from the shelter website. Then, each student recreated the outline of that animal on their canvas and created jigsaw sections. Each section was filled with a different pattern. And, to add color, students painted with watercolor and acrylic paint. 

Executive Director, Jessica Vamos, and adoptable cat, Pasta, will accept all 11 canvases on behalf of the Humane Society of Cambria County this Friday. “When Ms. Picklo reached out to me in regards to this art project, I was instantly excited about the uniqueness of the idea. These canvases will not only raise funds for the shelter, but raise awareness for the animals that are still available for adoption. And, the artwork is truly impressive!” stated Jessica. 

Pasta is an approximately 2 year old Tabby Cat available for adoption at the Humane Society of Cambria County. She entered our shelter as a young mom with 4 kittens. All of her kittens have since been adopted, but Pasta has now been at the Humane Society for 7 months. She is fully vaccinated, spayed, microchipped, and negative for both FIV and Feline Leukemia. She is litter trained and does well with other cats. Pasta would make a great companion to almost any family.

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