By Diane Blankenburg
The holiday season is traditionally a time for giving. In fact, it is the most generous time of year for many people. We just spent this last week giving time and gifts to family and friends that we hold dear. Historically, December is also a time when there is a surge of charitable donations—not just because people want to meet end-of-the-year tax deadlines but also because of their special connections and relationships with specific charities.
We are very fortunate to have connections to Nevada Humane Society (NHS)—even if it’s only to live in the same city. This organization has been the safety net for well over 9,000 animals this year, as well helping many thousands more through low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, pet food assistance, and their free Animal Help Desk. It has become a stand-out shelter in the country and held up as a model by national organizations.
Because of NHS’s great success in saving orphaned pets, this community has rallied in support—from children to adults, individuals to businesses giving pennies to thousands. Here are a few recent examples that touched my heart and made me proud to live here.
- A little girl came into the shelter on Cupcake Day to see Santa and more importantly, donate her tooth fairy money to the animals.
- NV Energy showed up a couple of weeks ago with two carloads full of items to benefit the shelter animals.
- A teenage girl, instead of receiving presents for her Sweet 16 party, asked that her guests make donations NHS.
- Lifestyle Homes Foundation is once again renewing their grant to spay large-breed dogs.
- A senior has been furiously crocheting holiday-themed cat beds and recently brought in her current batch—she has made over 8,000 in total.
- Circus Circus just delivered a truckload of quilts for animal bedding.
- Another supporter just set up a fund in memory of her recently deceased border collie to help border collies get treated and adopted.
It’s not too late to help the animals this year with a monetary donation or even donations of pet food and supplies. If you would like to be a part of the Nevada Humane Society family through a donation, you can do so online (NevadaHumaneSociety.org), by phone (775-856-2000), or by mail or in person (2825 Longley Lane, Reno 89502). You not only get a charitable donation tax deduction, but most importantly, the satisfaction of giving to deserving homeless pets that cannot help themselves.
Events that Help Homeless Pets:
Home 4 the Holidays Pet Adoption Drive at Nevada Humane Society. Adult dogs: 450, adult cats: free. Open 7 days a week for pet adoptions at 2825 Longley Lane, 11:00 am to 6:30 pm and an hour earlier at 10:00 am on Saturdays.
Lights of Love Tribute. A $10 contribution to Nevada Humane Society lights a white light for each pet you wish to remember or a colored light for each pet you wish to honor. For more info, call 775-856-2000 or visit nevadahumanesociety.org.