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Mural to be painted at Lawton Animal Shelter

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -The Lawton Animal Shelter is filled with cats, dogs and other animals looking for a forever home. Two artists are now hoping to inspire others to help provide a home for them by painting a mural outside the building.

Terry Carter and Jeanne Stier recently moved here from Arizona to be closer to family. In January, they adopted a dog named Lilly from the Lawton Animal Shelter, but after seeing the blank fence, they thought painting images of the animals inside waiting for a home would not only brighten up the building and make it more inviting, it would encourage others to choose to adopt an animal like they did.

Love for animals and a passion for painting is all it took to inspire Terry Carter and Jeanne Stier to paint this mural that will soon be fully covered and decorated with cats and dogs... but the project really started with a vision.

"We were just parked and we were looking at the fence and started seeing all the eyes that was there, and we've done murals before and we thought it would just be the cutest mural to pull out these animals," said Stier.

And today they got started by using chalk and paint to sketch out images of the animals.

"And then we'll go in and detail it and that's when it will get really fun and we'll start drawing little hairs and getting the ears real and the eyes so they're very realistic looking," said Carter.

Painting murals all over the country is something Carter and Stier have done together almost their whole life, whether it was a mural for a children's event or just a painting on a car, It's just something they do for fun, but at the same time helps beautify the area.

"We're new to the community and we don't have a lot, but there's always something people can do to help the community be better and that's always my goal," said Carter.

They hope the art will speak for itself and let the community know how much love these animals have to offer.

"People come and they look at it and they make up their own story with all these animal faces, so the kids and adults will be telling themselves a story," said Carter. "The animals look happy. I want to take one home."

"I'm hoping that the children especially will get a big kick out of it and they'll come up and talk to the animals and I'm really hoping that someone will be encouraged if they can't take an animal home, please give a donation," said Stier. "Give some animals forever homes."

They have a lot more work to do before the mural is complete, and they don't have any set schedule on when they hope it will be done. They plan to be out here painting over the next few weeks until it's finished. They're also encouraging children to come on out and help paint.

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