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A paws-ome project

May 5, 2018

They started as 27 ghostly white figures but on Friday, these canines showed their true colors.

Paws-itive Partners unveiled the finished pieces in the Paws on the Platte community art project at the Prairie Arts Center. Artists and sponsors of the fiberglass dogs were joined by admirers from the public for refreshments while they viewed the painted pups.

The dogs arrived in North Platte in January. Project co-coordinator Barb Kelsey said the intention was to do 20 dogs, but community members kept contacting Paws-itive Partners, asking for more.

“People wanted to sponsor the dogs, and people wanted to paint the dogs,” she said. “Eventually, we had to say, ‘Enough.’ It’s exceeded all our expectations.”

On Friday, Kelsey thanked artists and sponsors for all their work, and encouraged attendees to view and appreciate all the unique designs of the dogs.

“The outpouring of support has been crazy,” she said.

Dogs will now go on display at businesses and other areas across town, awaiting an auction at Pals Brewing Company on July 27. Proceeds from the auction will stay with the local Paws-itive Partners chapter, Kelsey said, to fund services such as population control via spaying and neutering.