The Boulder Street Mural
We are very proud of the mural gracing our shelter building, the result of a truly collaborative effort within our community. Through our participation in IndyGive! in 2016, we were connected with several Air Force Academy cadets whose goal was to raise our public profile. These cadets coordinated with Kim Polomka, a Colorado Springs muralist and internationally recognized artist.
The inspiration for our mural was Willie, a very special cat with a congenital defect resulting in deformed hind legs. In keeping with our mission to help cats with medical needs, we consulted an orthopedic veterinary surgeon who determined corrective surgery was not a viable option. Despite some mobility challenges, Willie developed from a playful kitten into a very loving cat who was adopted by an incredible family. This family became the generous sponsor for our mural project and with the support of a local Sherwin Williams and the hard work of many volunteers, our vision became a reality.
Our mural is much more than simply a painting of a cat – it represents the strength of a community working together, powered by compassion.
Thank you Kim, Willie’s dad, Sherwin-Williams, Air Force cadets class of 2017, Cecily, Evan, Nanette and Jerry!