LINDALE - A historic house has been transformed into The MuttNation Station, a dog adoption center in Lindale.
The center, which will be run by the Tyler Junior College veterinary technician program, had its ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening Wednesday. The city of Lindale provided two acres of land within Darden Harvest Park for a dog park and the adoption center, a 1907 home donated by The Cannery Lindale.
Members of the community as well as the partners of the project were all in attendance at the event to celebrate the opening of the center.
The Cannery Lindale, Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation, GreaterGood.org, TJC vet tech program and Rescue Rebuild are the main partners in the project to get the house transformed from an old historic house to the boutique-style adoption center it has become.
The house is a pastel yellow color and will have the “Miranda Lambert Rose” planted in front of it. The interior is decorated with pictures of dogs that have been adopted out to families by the MuttNation Foundation.
“This is exactly what I had envisioned, but probably on steroids,” said Bev Lambert, Miranda’s mother. “I believe when we host adoption drives in here people will feel like they’re in their own house.”
There are two rooms in the house where families can relax on couches and really get to see how the dog is going to react in an environment similar to a house.
“My goal was that I could create an environment where people could actually see themselves with this dog,” Lambert said. “When they feel like they are at their own house, they oftentimes feel like, ‘I could see this dog on the couch with me,’ so that’s the environment I wanted to create.”
Lambert said that partnering with GreaterGood.org makes the perfect dream team.
“We work very well in tandem,” Lambert said. “I think just partnering with Greater Good for both of our 10th anniversaries was my favorite.”
Lambert said it was a pleasure to work with Mandy Ramsey, who decorated the house.
“When they look around, they are going to see the people swinging the hammers probably did not do the décor,” Lambert said. “To see people come through and see ... actual photographs of dogs that have been placed into loving homes is incredible.”
Lambert is honored to have local businesses and volunteers give of their time to the project. She is also intrigued to see all the pets as they are being adopted out.
“Seeing the community spirit that not all communities have has been overwhelming,” Lambert said. “When you look at the photos you see what awesome dogs are in shelters. I think people might have a misconception of what shelter dogs are like.”
The project is expected to be fully complete in two weeks to start having adoption events.
The second phase of the project is set to begin in March. It will include adding more activities to the dog park including water activities.