by Diane Blankenburg
Nevada Humane Society is a no-kill shelter by the standards of our industry, but the terminology may be a little misleading. It does not mean we never euthanize an animal but rather that we make these decisions based on what we believe is the most humane and responsible thing to do. Specifically, this means that we do not euthanize for time or space as do many traditional shelters, but only when there a medical problem with a poor prognosis of recovery to a quality life or an aggressive dog that is deemed too high a risk to place back into the community.
So we are committed to taking care of all other animals in our shelter until we can find them the right home. This means that some of them stay in our care longer than others. The average stay at our shelter is actually very low—about 22 days for cats and 16 days for dogs. Some pets go into homes on the first day they are available for adoption, while others take longer to find their new home.
Even though we have a wonderful shelter, homeless pets deserve a loving home of their own. It’s certainly not their fault they are in shelter nor is it their fault that they are overlooked—maybe because they are little shyer, a bit older, unremarkable in appearance, or sometimes for no apparent reason at all.
We thought it was time to draw attention to those that get overlooked and make it their time to shine. Perhaps only you can see the diamond in the rough—the hidden beauty behind the plainness or the sparkling personality under the apparent shyness. Through January 29, you can adopt one of these Shining Star Pets at Nevada Humane Society and all adoption fees will be waived.
It has been proven to me over and over that this is one of the most compassionate and loving communities when it comes to homeless pets and I hope you all can once again open up your hearts and homes to a wonderful homeless dog or cat that others have overlooked. They truly deserve a loving home just as much as any other pet! You will have the deep satisfaction of knowing that you gave them a chance when so many others did not and the warm feeling of unconditional love that comes back a hundredfold.
Events that Help Animals:
Adopt a Shining Star at Nevada Humane Society with Waived Fees through January 29. Other adult dogs are $50 and adult cats are $35. NHS is open for adoptions seven days a week from 11:00 am to 6:30 pm and an hour earlier at 10:00 am on Saturdays. Located at 2825 Longley Lane, Reno.