A Fond Farewell to Loyal Readers

Last summer, Bonney Brown and I left the Nevada Humane Society team to work full-time with Humane Network, an organization that we founded to provide consulting services to other groups who want to increase lifesaving for homeless pets in their communities. This work has been very rewarding and taken us from coast to coast, small towns to large cities and private nonprofits to government-run agencies. The consistent factor is that people all over the country feel a deep responsibility for animals and are committed to saving more lives. Many of them see Reno, Sparks and Washoe County as a model for what they wish to achieve in their community.

Our experiences at NHS were invaluable and sharing them across the country has been an honor. We are so proud to have been a part of the organization’s transformation — one that is truly a tribute to the compassion and commitment made by our community. We can all now proudly declare that Washoe County is one of the safest places in the country for homeless pets.

Last November, we officially handed off the NHS reins to an extremely capable and dedicated new CEO, Kevin Ryan. We know that Kevin has settled in, reshaped a great team of both experienced and new staff and is focused on exciting new goals.

It is now time for Bonney and me to sign off on writing this Animal Files column. Together, we have written more than 260 editions of the column since its inception in 2008. I have personally connected with thousands of regular readers — especially those of you who communicated how you were touched by a particular column. I have shared my feelings, experiences, information and milestones. We have jointly celebrated successes and mourned losses. You have inspired me in so many ways — from personal encouragement to your own compassionate acts.

So, with gratitude, Bonney and I say goodbye to you all. But we are not saying goodbye to this community and the work of being a voice for the animals. Animal Files will also continue as an avenue to speak for them with Kevin Ryan as their voice. Thanks to each and every one of you for your support and most of all for what you have done to create such a compassionate and caring community.

Events that help homeless pets:

Animal Shelter Behavior Seminar by Kelley Bollen runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 2-3 at Nevada Humane Society. Learn about reading dog/cat body language, stress reduction, enrichment, etc. Details and registration available at www.nevadahumanesociety.org.

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