IDAHO FALLS – Idaho Falls Downtown Development Corporation, in partnership with Snake River Animal Shelter, kicked off the new downtown mural, Pets of Downtown in June of 2023. After submitting an application, pet owners can pay to have their pet painted onto the mural wall by talented local artist, Marina Zavalova.
Each pet portrait is in approximately an 18-inch square. Rescue pets receive a heart in the corner of their portrait. $50 of each portrait fee is donated to the Snake River Animal Shelter, Idaho Falls’ only non-profit animal rescue. All pets are welcome. The mural can be found on the north wall of BlackRock Fine Wine and Craft Beer, in the alley off Park Avenue in downtown Idaho Falls.
The title of the mural was painted along the top of the wall by Jesse Mendoza at Dynamic Painting LLC.
The pet mural is a way to celebrate and memorialize the lives of our pets. Each pet portrait will stay up for 3 years, after that the owner can choose to renew the portrait for an additional fee, or the space will be opened for a new pet to be painted. Idaho Falls Downtown Development is thrilled to bring new public art into downtown, along with supporting a local artist and rescue animals.
“This collaboration is an incredible way to invest in our historic downtown, honor the pets that have added so much to our lives, and highlight the rescued critters throughout our community. We are honored that such an incredible artist will be providing the artwork in this unique opportunity to support our community’s no-kill, nonprofit animal rescue.”
– Michelle Ziel-Dingman, Executive Director of Snake River Animal Shelter
Pets of Downtown was inspired by a mural in Del Ray, Virginia titled Dogs of Del Ray.
Join us for the official Ribbon Cutting on July 20th at 4:00 P.M. with the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce.
Pets of Downtown is presented by Idaho Falls Downtown Development Corporation. All net funds raised support the maintenance of the mural, the artist, and donations to Snake River Animal Shelter. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & visit www.downtownidahofalls.com
Idaho Falls Downtown Development Corporation (IFDDC) advances our historical downtown as the regional center for commerce, culture and leisure activities for residents and visitors.