It takes a community to save homeless pets

In the three-plus years I have been writing this column, I have often covered the many wonderful ways this comm-unity has demon-strated its com-passion and commit-ment to our home-less pets. The success of our community in saving these helpless beings stems from diverse people, groups, and missions coming together for a common purpose — to create a true safety net for these precious animals.

From April 30 to May 1, our community comes together once again for the homeless dogs and cats — committed to finding homes for 225 pets through Pet Adoptathon 2011. The weekend event is sponsored by PETCO and PETCO Foundation, and is part of the international Pet Adoptathon 2011 where thousands of animal shelters across the country and around the world will stay open around the clock to find homes for dogs and cats. Nevada Humane Society’s shelter will be open for adoptions 36 straight hours from 9 a.m. April 30 to 9 p.m. May 1.

It really is quite the fitting event for a town that is known for its round-the-clock activities. And for those true Renoites who visit the shelter between 11 p.m. April 30 and 7 a.m. May 1, you will be treated to free breakfast and waived adoption fees for adult pets (4 months and older, excluding specially priced dogs).

In addition, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 30, more than 200 dogs and cats will transform the parking lot at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, 3800 S. Virginia St., into a Pet Adoption Festival. The free event will feature nearly 50 regional rescue groups and shelters, humane organizations, and pet-related businesses. Pet parades, raffles, face painting, celebrity emcees, K9 unit demonstrations by law enforcement agencies, low-cost microchipping and autographs by the Nevada Wolf Pack football team are part of the day’s activities.

It truly takes a community to become one of the safest places in the country for homeless pets. But this isn’t just any community — rather a community that is always there for the animals whether giving money, volunteering time or adopting pets into their homes. The famous Ghandi quote, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated,” is familiar to most of us but it’s power is no less each time I hear it. Thanks for being a part of this very special community.

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