The Lake County Animal Shelter “rocks,” and is now offering free pet adoptions when a colorful stone depicting a detailed portrait of a shelter pet is found.
The designs are the creation of Sheri Meadows, an artist and school teacher who recently began volunteering with LEASH, Inc., a non-profit which directly benefits the shelter. Meadows’ intricate work is instantly recognizable, and often features unique, mixed-breed dogs commonly available at the shelter.
“I became involved in the kindness rocks movement and found that I could also send a message to adopt pets,” said Meadows. “I was doing that on my own and dropping them off at various places to be found. I feel that if I can teach people to care about something important, make them laugh or make them smile, then I get much more back than I give.”
Meadows’ family has long been involved in philanthropic work, and her painted rocks also serve as a tribute to her parents. Their dog, which she now cares for, is a rescue pet she credits with saving her father’s life on more than one occasion.
Her decorated rocks can be found hidden around the animal shelter, located at 28123 County Road 561 in Tavares, and at various other locations around Lake County. If one is discovered, it may be brought to the shelter in exchange for a free pet adoption, sponsored by LEASH, Inc.
“We love the creative ideas our volunteers come up with to support shelter pets,” said Shelter Manager Whitney Boylston. “The rock project is just one of many ways we are engaging the community and encouraging more visitors to make the shelter their first stop when looking for a family pet.”
The shelter is open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and for adoptions only on Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
To find out more about the Lake County Animal Shelter, stop by the shelter at 28123 County Road 561, Tavares, call 352-343-9688 or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/LCAS. For the most up-to-date information and photos of adoptable animals, follow the shelter on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyAnimalShelter and Twitter at www.twitter.com/lakeshelterpets.