San Diego Humane Society Reveals Designer Habitats to the Public

Local members of the American Society of Interior Designers lent their talents to revamp the shelter's animal habitats.

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Illustration courtesy of San Diego Humane Society
ASID designer Norma Byrd created a “Back to the Jungle” habitat for the San Diego Humane Society.

The public got its first peek at the San Diego Humane Society’s new designer animal habitats Jan. 27, when the shelter invited the community to view the work of local designers from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). The “cat cribs” and “dog digs” featured exciting pro-bono designs dreamed
up by San Diego’s top
interior designers.

The redesigned habitats are part of the shelter’s philosophy that placing animals in home-like situations helps to better prepare them for new homes. Shelter staff believe that simulated domestic environments help reduce stress on the cats and dogs, which helps them stay healthier. The home-like appearance is also more pleasing to potential pet owners, creating an inviting atmosphere in which to adopt a new pet.

More than 40 members of the San Diego chapter of ASID volunteered their expertise to redesign the 24 dog apartments and 15 cat habitats at the San Diego Humane Society. The project is part of the chapter’s community service program, and the designers each worked with pet safety guidelines to create unique spaces for the animals.

The shelter was closed from Jan. 22-26 while the designers put the finishing touches on their habitats. The shelter reopened Jan. 27, inviting the public to view the new custom spaces.

For more information about the San Diego Humane Society, visit the shelter’s website at www.sdhumane.org. To learn more about the San Diego chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, go to www.asidsandiego.org.

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Samantha    Edmonton, AL

1/29/2007 6:31:59 PM

This is a great idea but how many cats will be in each habitat? and will they be safe as sometimes new cats being introduced into a new home with oter cats it can be a rocky road so I hope that this works but it may have a few glitches along the way... but good for them for making the cats feel more at home.

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