MARYVILLE, Mo. — TNR Maryville founder Jami Hull has announced a children’s art contest to help keep youths active during the school closures and also decorating its new cat rescue headquarters.

“Our facility has a small reading area for children in hopes that they will come spend time, relax, help socialize kitties,” said Hull. “Due to virus concerns that isn’t the best idea. I still wanted to involve our community’s youth in a safe way.”

Winners will be announced in several age groups including: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-10, ages 11-14 and age 15 and older.

Each age group has a separate category: preschool –-you and your best feline friend; 5-7 - silly things your cat does; 8-10 - cats as your favorite superheroes; 11-14 - cats in their element; 15 and older - majestic cats as kings and queens in their throne rooms.

The winning art pieces will be displayed at TNR Maryville’s new rescue facility just north of Maryville.

“I created the art contest as a way to help everyone out,” Hull said. “Kids have something to focus on, parents can maybe get a small break, and our lobby gets to be filled with ‘paw-some’ art work!”

Contest rules

  • Paper must be standard printer paper size
  • Pencils standard or color, markers or crayon may be used
  • Submissions must include the child’s name, age and a contact number for a parent or guardian
  • Drawings will be accepted during the next 2 weeks. Mail a child’s drawing to 24005 Business Highway 71 Maryville, MO 64468, submit the art online at any of the TNR Maryville social media sites, or stop by in person.

If in need of inspiration, the facility is currently open to the public. The nonprofit suggests calling ahead of time to avoid groups of 10 people or more.

Amber Hess, of Amazonia, brought her daughters Madison, 7, and Lyla, 3, to the facility to submit Madison’s art Tuesday. The family is considering fostering Cookie Dough and her kitten Shortbread.

The girls played for quite some time with the two cats and looked around the new facility.

Hull said the new building has been great for the nonprofit and it has been working with several organizations and people in need of cat food during the current pandemic situation.

“We don’t have a lot ourselves, but we’re willing to help,” she said.

The nonprofit rescue runs completely off donations. From rent at the building to litter in the boxes, donations keep the facility helping feral cats and kittens throughout the Maryville area.

For more information about the contest or the rescue, visit the organization’s Facebook page or website, tnrmaryville.com.

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