Washoe County is a Model Community

Last week, I was in beautiful Maui and even though I did some vacationing, my main purpose for the trip was related to my work at Nevada Humane Society. I spoke at Hawaii’s first no-kill conference where 100 people were in attendance, representing the various Hawaiian islands.

The conference was organized by 9th Life Hawaii, a large no-kill cat rescue and sanctuary in Maui. Their lead had seen Nathan Winograd, No Kill Advocacy Director, speak at a conference on the mainland and believed that Maui and sister islands would benefit from understanding how some other communities had obtained such great results in creating safety nets for their communities’ homeless pets.

The conference was kicked off by Nathan then followed up with Ryan Clinton of No Kill Austin and me, representing Nevada Humane Society. Ryan and I were there to share our stories on how we created our respective no kill communities. The reception we received was unbelievable and I felt truly honored to be a part of the event.

We don’t always realize that homeless pets are an issue all over our country, even in places that we call paradise. And many of you may not realize that our community has become such a model that we are regularly asked to speak at conferences and provide guidance to other organizations. It’s so exciting to be a part of this very compassionate community and to be a part of the action in making it one of the safest in the county for homeless pets. It’s also an amazing feeling to know that what we all do here not only saves almost 10,000 lives each year, but is influencing and challenging other communities to do the same.

I will soon be heading to Cincinnati where I will be speaking at the Great Shelters 2012 Conference. The mission of Great Shelters is “to empower communities to assist/insist in the changes and improvements necessary to bring every community to No-Kill Status.” Know that your compassion for animals is helping accomplish this mission and as I continue to speak on behalf of the animals, I will continue to give credit to our amazing community that is leading the way.

Events that Help Homeless Pets

Adopt a Certified Pre-Owned Pet at Nevada Humane Society. 100,000 purr or tail-wag warranty, standard 4-paw drive. Great low adoption fees! Open for adoption 7 days a week at 2825 Longley Lane, Reno, 11 am to 6:30 pm, 10 am on Saturdays. For more info, call 775-856-2000.

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 info@petnetwork.org.

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