My Changing Role at Nevada Humane Society

By Diane Blankenburg

As some of you may know, I recently resigned as Community Programs and Development Director at Nevada Humane Society to work full-time with Humane Network, my own business that will provide consulting services to other groups who want to create no-kill communities. This was a bittersweet decision but one that is part of a bigger plan to make an even bigger difference for the homeless pets in our country.

While at Nevada Humane Society, I have learned so much, met so many amazing people, and been inspired by the dedication of our staff and community. I will be continuing to work part-time for several months until my duties can be totally fulfilled by others and plan to stay living in Reno, so I will stay connected in one way or another. Nevada Humane Society will always be in my heart.

As much as I will miss Nevada Humane Society, I am also very excited to have the opportunity to take what I have learned here and use it to help other organizations and communities realize the same kind of success. I truly believe we will see the day when all of our nation’s homeless pets have a safety net as they do in our community.

As I make this transition, I plan to stay very involved in the life-saving efforts here in Reno. It will be interesting and fun to be a participant in some of our events—like the Walk for Animals on May 18 at Sparks Marina. I plan to be there with one (or two) of my own dogs in tow. I will also continue to write this column for the Reno-Gazette Journal—something I truly love and am humbled by the opportunity to be a voice for the voiceless animals in our community.

The past six years have been an amazing journey and I feel so honored to have been a part of the remarkable transformation on behalf of all of the homeless pets of our community. I am incredibly proud to say that Washoe County is now the safest metropolitan community in the country for homeless pets. Thanks to each and every one of you for all you have done to create such a compassionate and caring place that I call home! And I hope to see you all at the Walk for Animals next week and many other events throughout the year!

Special Events that Help Animals:

Time 2 Shine Adoption Promotion at Nevada Humane Society. Adopt a Shining Star with fees waived through May 31. Other adult dogs are $50, adult cats are $25, and kittens are $60. 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. Shelter located at 2825 Longley Lane, Reno. .

Walk for Animals, May 18 at Sparks Marina, 9am – 1pm. Register today to help raise funds for homeless pets. Brochures available at area businesses. Download one or register online at


One Response to “My Changing Role at Nevada Humane Society”

  1. Shari Borden Says:

    Thank you for your hard work. I stopped in at NHS to pet kitties last week and it’s so refreshing to see so many empty kennels. More can always be done of course, but progress being made is reflected in those empty kennels and cages. So many communities out there need your expertise in executing the “no-kill” vision. March on!

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