The PAW POWER! Mural Project unites local artists, art students, and youth to improve and beautify Oakland Animal Services (OAS) through the creation of indoor and outdoor murals that reflect the positive and loving spirit of the shelter and its animals, staff, and dedicated volunteers.
OAS is the city’s only open admission shelter, taking in all of Oakland’s homeless, injured, and mistreated animals. It is our municipal shelter and with community participation it can be an outstanding animal welfare facility. Several artists have committed to creating murals at the site in order to showcase the shelter animals in a new light with the important goal of boosting adoptions. By infusing the shelter with uplifting imagery and gallery-quality artwork, the shelter will be more lively, and visitors and potential adopters will see the animals as happy pets. It is important to dispel the myth that shelter animals are defective (or worse, disposable) when in fact they are simply in need of a new family.
The PAW POWER! Mural Project celebrates Oakland’s nationally recognized art scene by connecting OAS with local artists and connecting artists with Oakland’s four-legged citizens in a meaningful, long-lasting way. The artists that are participating in the first round of PAW POWER! are Claire Brees, Renee Castro, Nancy Mizuno Elliott, the Illuminaries, Russel de Leon, Robert Minervini, Laurel Nathanson, and David Polka.
The Friends of Oakland Animals Services is currently collecting donations to raise funds for this project. Visit the CrowdRise page to donate.