by Bonney Brown
While this is certainly the season for miracles, the Nevada Humane Society (NHS) staff is in the business of creating lifesaving miracles for orphaned pets everyday of the year. The animals’ stories often start out sad, even heartbreaking, but more often than not the results are heartwarming.
For example, there’s Pippin, a sweet little black lab only four months old. He arrived at the NHS shelter thin, covered in dandruff and limping badly—the result of a broken leg.
Pippin received the surgery he needed to save his leg as well as the care and time he needed to grow into a strong and happy pup—creating the promise of a better life ahead. When he was fully recovered, he was adopted and is fulfilling his life’s mission of being a loving best friend.
Jack, a tiny slip of a kitten with a determined spirit, arrived at NHS with a serious cold and eye infections so severe his eyes were sealed shut. He was wandering around outdoors in this vulnerable condition until a kind person brought him to the shelter.
After medical treatment, Jack went into a foster home with a doting and experienced foster mom. One of Jack’s eyes healed beautifully but the other did not. The surgery to remove his damaged eye was performed in the NHS Clinic and he was renamed Captain Jack which seemed to suit this cute, furry, one-eyed pirate. Losing an eye did not slow him down one bit; to the contrary, he continued to grow, becoming even more playful each day and was soon ready for a home of his own.
Pippin and Captain Jack are only two of the nearly 9,200 dogs, cats and other animals this year that relied upon Nevada Humane Society for shelter, lifesaving care, love and a new home.
While the staff and volunteers are incredibly dedicated, each of the thousands of lives saved this year was a miracle made possible by the generosity of individuals like you. (NHS does not receive any government support.) Pippin, Captain Jack and each of the other animals saved would thank you themselves, if they could. But I am please to let you know, on their behalf, that your gifts throughout the year have created a new life and a happy holiday for so many of our community’s furry friends.
Events that Help Animals
Home 4 the Holidays Pet Adoption Drive Adult dogs: $50, adult cats: free. Nevada Humane Society is open 7 days a week for pet adoption, 11 am to 6:30 pm and an hour earlier at 10 am on Saturdays.
Lights of Love Tribute: A $10 contribution lights a white light for each pet you wish to remember or a colored light for each pet you wish to honor. Great gift idea! For more info, call 775-856-2000 or visit nevadahumanesociety.org.