Edna muralist Brittany Carney Rodriguez is using her talents to help save local animals in Victoria.

She has been commissioned to paint a large, interactive mural at Victoria Animal Control.

Without giving too much away, she revealed that the mural features a cityscape and will ask visitors to find a tiny dog and cat on the wall.

The ultimate goal is to create an exciting public art space that allows people to interact with the piece, she said.

She and her husband, Abel Rodriguez Jr., will be taking on the project with their business, Color The World.

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Brittney Carney Rodriguez started painting murals in high school.

“I just dreamed up this mural, and maybe it will get people to go adopt animals,” she said. “The idea is to get people in.”

Victoria Animal Control is at 122 Perimeter Road past the Victoria Regional Airport.

Once there, she said, they could see just how much their donations or volunteer hours can help the government-funded facility.

“I’ve always had a big heart for animals, and this is my way of giving back,” she said.

The amount allocated by the county for the project will barely cover the cost of supplies, but she’s hoping the public will pitch in with paint.

Any financial donations left over will be donated to the animals.

Rodriguez, 37, has painted and restored murals ever since she was a junior in high school, which was 20 years ago.

“Once I figured out I could actually make money doing something I loved, I never looked back,” she said.

But the past few months haven’t been easy after she broke her wrist, which made it painful to paint.

And then in December, her father, Barry Wayne Carney, died at age 67. He was a professional DJ who went by the name “Old School.”

She’s dedicating this mural to her father, whom she described as a big, kindhearted teddy bear.

Animal Control Division Chief Craig Kirkpatrick said he’s looking forward to seeing the finished project, which should be in mid- February.

“I believe the addition of the mural will attract people wanting to adopt and save more lives,” he said.

Laura Garcia is the Features Editor for the Victoria Advocate. She may be reached at lgarcia@vicad.com or 361-580-6585.

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Laura has covered health and nonprofits in the Crossroads since 2014. She's also mom to a toddler, loves journalism conferences and is a big fan of sci-fi and crime TV.

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