Some of you may remember that several months back NHS was selected as one of only fifty shelters nationwide to compete in the ASPCA $100K Challenge. Over $500,000 in total is available in prizes, and the agency with the highest increase in animals saved will win the grand prize of $100,000. Nevada Humane Society is the only shelter in the state that qualified to compete in this Challenge.
Nevada Humane Society and the other contenders have now begun a three-month long competition to save at least 300 more animals during the months of August, September and October 2012 than they did over the same three-month period in 2011. So what’s the magic number of adoptions needed for NHS to win this contest? 2576 deserving animals need to find new homes during these three months.
Nevada Humane Society became a no-kill shelter in early 2007. What this means is that shelter animals are never put down for time and space. Only two reasons would make us consider humane euthanasia of a pet: if they are too ill or badly injured to have a good prognosis for a quality life or if an animal is too aggressive and may pose a risk to public safety.
In the last five and a half years, NHS has adopted out over 50,000 animals and achieved a community-wide save rate of 94%. This means that only 6% of the dogs and cats entering Washoe County shelters were euthanized and only for the reasons stated above. Our community is now the safest metropolitan area in the United States for homeless pets—something in which we should all take pride.
Sadly, this summer our adoptions have been down compared to previous summers. We are not quite sure why but we need your help now more than ever. Our community is one of the most pet-friendly, animal-loving ones in which I have ever lived. This is the reason that we have been so successful at creating a true safety net for our homeless pets and this is why we are counting on you to take the 2012 adoption challenge and help us win the much needed funds to continue our lifesaving work.
Events that Help Homeless Pets
Adopt a Lucky Pet at Nevada Humane Society and get a free buffet dinner and a chance to win a luxury stay-cation at the Peppermill Resort & Spa. Pet adoption fees are just $7 for adult cats, $21 for adult dogs, and $40 for kittens. Visit NHS 7 days a week at 2825 Longley Lane, Reno from 11 am to 6:30 pm. Open at 10 am on Saturdays.
Duck Race & Festival to benefit Nevada Humane Society, August 28, 11 am – 5 pm at Wingfield Park. Adopt a rubber duck for $5, help homeless pets, and have a chance to win great prizes—including a New Orleans Vacation, Sierra Golf Getaway, Pampered Pet Package, Dine around Reno-Tahoe Package, and a chance to win a $400,000 cash prize! For more information or to adopt a duck, visit NevadaHumaneSociety.org.
Purses for Pets & Kitty Glitter on October 14, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. This auction fundraiser will benefit Pet Network Humane Society. Purse donations are being accepted at locations throughout the area including the NHS shelter. For more info, call 775-832-4404 or email email@example.com.