Working in a shelter setting, I am privileged to regularly see the unconditional love animals provide and the unbridled compassion of everyday people. Just this past week I was again reminded of these truths.
My phone rang late in the day on Tuesday afternoon; our partners at Washoe County Regional Animal Services had just received a young dachshund mix who had been hit by a car and left by the side the road. Injured and scared, she needed urgent medical intervention if she hoped to live. As we rushed her to our clinic I was stuck by—overcome even—by the mere juxtaposition of this tiny girl versus an automobile. How did she even survive? Glancing down at her paperwork, I noticed that under “Name” it simply read “Stray.”
Our clinic was already busting at the seams with animals awaiting, undergoing, and awaking from spay or neuter procedures. Our dedicated veterinarians and staff were moving deftly between surgeries, appointments and the 100 other things demanding their attention. The veterinary team had already provided treatment for 80-plus animals that day.
Our clinic stretched to accommodate “Stray,” now called Hope, and began working to stabilize her. Her injuries were immediately recognized as serious, and the doctors and their support staff knew they’d have to plan for a late night. A sacrifice, after a grueling day, that they were all happy to make.
Hope was hit squarely by the car; both of her hind legs had serious fractures. That said, considering her size and the size of the object she had rumbled with, she was in remarkably decent shape. Work has begun on addressing Hope’s medical needs and she will undergo a number of surgeries before she is fully healed. Her prognosis is good, her road to recovery long, and her spirit undiminished.
Hope’s medical journey does not end once she leaves the NHS clinic—she will become one of the thousands of animals NHS places in foster care every year. NHS has over 2,600 foster families, people that open their hearts and homes to animals like Hope. We depend on the compassion of people just like you to provide loving, relaxing spaces for animals to convalesce. This home away from home (before pets find their forever homes) is essential to the healing process.
Hope and hundreds of animals like her will depend upon our foster network to get back on their feet (all four in Hope’s case). Yet not all of the animals NHS places in foster care are medical cases. Some need a little extra love, some are babies, and some just need a break from the stress of shelter life. All of them need a second chance, all of them need you. Contact Nevada Humane Society to become a foster parent today.
Events to Help NHS:
Super Bowl Adoption Promotion: The cats and dogs at Nevada Humane Society are gearing up for Super Bowl XLVIII with adoption fees representing the opposing teams! Adopt an adult cat for just $3 in honor of the Seattle Seahawks Quarterback, or adopt an adult dog for just $18, in honor of the Denver Broncos Quarterback. The starting lineup includes a variety of breeds and personalities, and all dogs and cats are competing for the MVP, with the prize being, of course, a home of their very own.
Furry Speed Dating: Looking to meet your match made in heaven? Visit Nevada Humane Society’s Furry Speed Dating event on February 14 to meet the most eligible dogs and cats. From 12 Noon to 3:00 pm, pets will put their best paw forward and try to impress prospective adopters who will meet multiple eligible furry bachelors and bachelorettes with the goal of falling in love.
Beat the Heat and have your female cat fixed for just $20 at Nevada Humane Society all February long. Call 775-856-2000 ext 333 for an appointment. Beat the Heat is generously sponsored by PetSmart Charities.