By Mike Dougherty

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society cut the ribbon on their new facility in Northeast Philadelphia today, and did so in grand fashion as dozens turned out to see the beautiful mural painted on the building’s exterior walls.

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It took a team of artists from Chroma Dolls ten months to cover two sides of the building at Grant and Bustleton Avenues with beautiful paintings of animals enjoying their new homes.

PAWS executive director Melissa Levy couldn’t be more excited about the brand new facility.

“It’s the perfect opportunity for us to tell our story, work with this organization who we have so much respect for and get more people involved in our mission,” Levy said. “Hopefully help more animals find loving homes and stay in their loving homes.”

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Joan Riley with Mural Arts called the project a pleasure.

“The opportunities this is going to create to connect people with pets that need good homes is extraordinary,” she said, “so we’re happy to be a part of it.”

Many of the animals seen in the artwork were actually adopted from PAWS.

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