SHANNON, Miss. (WTVA) - The Tupelo-Lee Humane Society will move into its new home this summer. The improved shelter boasts triple the space for animals in need of a good home.
Both gifted and visual art students at Shannon Middle School are helping in those efforts.
Their artwork is more than a classroom project for a grade. It's about second chances.
Students have spent about three weeks designing their artwork. More than 80 pieces will be donated to the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society.
This is a community project to inspire adoption.
Steven Donaldson is an instructor at Shannon Middle School.
"These animals need adopting, they are running out of room," Donaldson said.
Portraits, whether abstract or realistic, are actually pictures of animals in need of a loving home.
"They were to be creative with it. And come up with their own design to express the personality," Donaldson said.
Makaylee George is a student in the class. She chose a dog which reminded her of a beloved pet.
"Her name was Joansie and she was one of my best dogs," George said.
George is hoping her portrait will convince her parents to adopt another dog.
Connor Smith is another student in the art class. He also chose a dog favoring his pet, Taco.
"I chose that dog out of the selection from the humane society because I picked up a dog off the side of the road, two years ago," Smith said.
A formal presentation is in the works to donate the artwork to the shelter. Many of the pictures will be used to decorate the new shelter.
Some of the portraits will be available for purchase and the money, supporting the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society.