On Monday, Pro Playgrounds installed a 13’ Commercial Hyperbolic Umbrella Shade at the Tallahassee Animal Service Center. The shade and installation, valued at $10,000, was donated by Pro Playgrounds, as part of its “Local Shade Giveaway”.

Pro Playgrounds launched the giveaway, earlier this year, in celebration of its ten-year anniversary as a means of giving back to the local community. Schools, churches, daycares and other organizations, all located in Leon County, entered to win.

The shade was installed over one of the animal shelter’s play yards for dogs. Michael St. John, Assistant Director of the Tallahassee Animal Services Center, said the installation was professional, quick and easy. “One minute the installation team was putting up the shade structure, and the next minute, the dogs were outside playing under the shade.”

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St. John also stressed the positive impact the shade installation brings to the shelter’s day-to-day operations. “The shade is a great addition to our center as it provides significant relief from the sun and heat for both the animals and our volunteers,” he said.

The newly installed umbrella shade cools temperatures in covered areas by up to 20 degrees; meaning dogs at the shelter can enjoy more time outside of their kennels, particularly in the hot months to come. After outdoor play sessions, the dogs exhibit better behavior in the kennel, greatly increasing their chances of being adopted.

Paul Adrianse, President of Pro Playgrounds stated, “We are pleased to contribute to the Tallahassee Animal Service Center’s initiative to boost adoptability for the homeless animals of our community.” The shelter has a large number of animals just waiting for adoption. If interested in adopting an animal, you can check the online kennel here.

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Installing a commercial shade structure or metal shelter can be a difficult task, requiring knowledge of construction principals and engineering, and in some cases, the use of heavy machinery. Leave it to the experts at Pro Playgrounds. We have installed over 100 shade and shelter structures across the United States.