By Kevin Ryan
I am proud to join the incomparable Bonney Brown and Diane Blankenburg in the writing of this column. Mercifully, for you the reader, I will only appear every third edition. Thus, you will still be treated to the voices of Bonney and Diane. I hope I can live up to their example.
As a recent transplant to Reno, this is my first holiday season in the Truckee Meadows. As I adjust to the falling temps and falling snow (I haven’t seen the white stuff in two plus years!), I am reminded of all that I have to be grateful for— tis the season, right? I am so fortunate to have found a community like Reno to call home, a place of incredible natural beauty, extraordinary people and infinite altruism. I almost immediately recognized why so many folks find their way here and never leave. There is something special about this place. One such example of this community’s unique and pioneering spirit is Nevada Humane Society (NHS).
Reno is one of the safest communities in the nation to be a lost or forgotten pet. No treatable animal loses their life simply because they have the misfortune to find their way into a shelter. The Reno-Sparks area has forged itself into a no-kill community; this is no small achievement and NHS is leading this charge. The reality of what’s happening in our community is pretty staggering. A quick snapshot of 2012:
- NHS adopted out nearly 9,000 animals
- NHS provided spay/neuter procedures for over 9,500 animals.
- NHS’s Animal Help Desk fielded over 20,000 requests.
- NHS took in over 90% of the animals entering Washoe County shelters.
- NHS had a 93% save rate
I know these statistics can be hard to fathom and can make even the most dedicated bean counter’s head spin, but the conclusions that can be drawn are simple and profound. We are one of the most humane communities in America in the stewardship of companion animals. When communities across the country look to increase the number of animals they save, they look to Reno and NHS. We are a leader and a national model—you should be very proud. This is a community effort. Numerous organizations, rescue groups, individuals, and families contribute to this monumental effort and breathtaking accomplishment.
This holiday season, I am thankful to call Reno and Nevada Humane Society home.
Events that Help Animals
Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Drive at Nevada Humane Society through January 1. Adopt a pet and help reach the goal of finding homes for 1,200 pets. Special adoption fees are $50 for most adult dogs and fees are waived for adult cats. Shelter located at 2825 Longley Lane, Reno. Open 11:00 am to 6:30 pm daily and 10:00 am to 6:30 pm Saturdays.
Lights of Love at Nevada Humane Society through January 1. Purchase a Lights of Love tribute in honor of a cherished pet for $10. Lights are displayed at the NHS shelter throughout the holiday season and the gift recipient receives a certificate. Shelter located at 2825 Longley Lane, Reno. Open 11:00 am to 6:30 pm daily and 10:00 am to 6:30 pm Saturdays.