The Maryland SPCA hosted an art show and open house June 8 at its "Project Adopt" satellite adoption center at the White Marsh Mall. A collection of artwork entitled "Kindness" was created by seventh-grade students at Perry Hall Middle School.

Depicting dogs and cats who were at the Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the portraits are displayed throughout the store to raise awareness and help homeless pets in the community. The animal paintings are available for sale for the next few weekends and proceeds from the name-your-donation art sale will be donated to the MD SPCA.

"We are so proud of the students at Perry Hall Middle School not only for their amazing pictures, but for wanting to do something to help the homeless pets at the Maryland SPCA," said Katie Flory, volunteer/foster manager at the MD SPCA.

The assignment originated by one of the middle school's art teachers, Molly Schappell, who wanted to involve the seventh-grade students in a project that would help pets in Maryland while fulfilling 10 hours of community service.

"Each child received a picture of an animal to paint," Schappell said. "The kids loved working on this project."

Many students used tempera paint and colored pencils, though some made linoleum carvings of dogs or cats and stamped their artwork onto mixed media background papers with ink.

Student Scarlett Unfried used tempera paints and said, "This was kind of fun because I like dogs and it helps to get people more motivated to help dogs".

The Maryland SPCA opened Project Adopt in November 2013 to help find more pets homes and better serve the residents in the Perry Hall and White Marsh areas. 

Project Adopt is located on the upper level of White Marsh Mall next to JC Penney. It is open on Fridays, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays noon to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about the Maryland SPCA or its satellite adoption center, Project Adopt, visit mdspca.org or call 410-235-8826.