Nevada Humane Society

This week PetravelR™ is spotlighting the Nevada Humane Society on Adopt a Friend.

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Nevada Humane Society has been bringing people and animals together in the Reno area since 1932. Today their goal is to provide an adoption guarantee – a good life in a good home – for every homeless dog and cat in our community who can be saved, making Washoe County a no-kill community.  Nevada Humane Society is already well on their way, saving more animals than ever before. With your help and support, they will achieve their no-kill goal – not just for the animals in the shelter, but for every homeless animal in the community.  Nevada Humane Society recently assumed leadership of animal services in neighboring Carson City and is committed to turning Nevada’s capital city into the state’s second metropolitan area to become a no-kill community, where all healthy, treatable, and rehabilitatable animals are saved.

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Nevada Humane Society provides care to over 15,000 animals each year. Most are dogs and cats, but they also care for rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, reptiles, birds, and other small animals. Some animals are sick, injured, or traumatized when they arrive at the shelter. Whatever the problem, they receive needed veterinary care through the NHS clinic and tender loving care from the trained animal care staff and volunteers.


The shelter is open seven days a week for adoptions. Adoption counselors will help you find the pet who will be the perfect match for you and your lifestyle. Through the Seniors-for-Seniors Pet Adoption program, people aged 55 and up can adopt a pet who is 6 years or older and the adoption fee is waived.

Nevada Humane Society even provides free pet ownership guides for both dogs and cats! And whether you’re having problems with house training, excessive barking, or scratching, or you are wondering how to prepare your pet for a household move or the arrival of new baby, there is probably a behavior information handout that can help.

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Spaying and neutering is key to controlling the pet population, and it also improves pets’ health and behavior.  To help, Nevada Humane Society’s clinic offers low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination services to the public on a space available basis.

Nevada Humane Society volunteers help with everything from walking dogs, to socializing with cats and kittens, to doing laundry, to helping at special events. There is never a shortage of help needed and never a job too big or too small. If you are interested in volunteering with Nevada Humane Society, you can fill out a volunteer profile online or pick up a volunteer application at the shelter.

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If you can’t volunteer, you can support Nevada Humane Society with your tax-deductible donation. You can also donate shelter and pet supplies to help the animals. There’s also an wish list where yu can order items and have them shipped directly to the shelter (and there’s a separate wish list just for the shelter’s kittens.


And start planning now for the Nevada Humane Society Duck Race & Festival to be held on Sunday, August 23, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, at Wingfield Park.  Presented by Petco Foundation, the Duck Race & Festival is swimming back for a 6th year with a goal to adopt 30,000 rubber ducks to benefit homeless pets! The community is encouraged to adopt a rubber duck now, then spend a fun-filled day in the park to cheer on their duck as they race down the Truckee River. The grand prize is a 2015 Toyota Corolla generously donated by Dick Campagni’s Carson City Toyota Scion. You can adopt a Lonely Duck, a Quack Pack, or another ducky package starting at just $5. Rubber ducks are available online at  or at the Nevada Humane Society shelters in both Reno and Carson City.

PetravelR™ urges you to support your local shelters and rescues by adopting, volunteering, and donating. And remember that spaying and neutering helps reduce overpopulation and makes your pets better family member!

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