Are you aware that there is a National Snow Cone Day? It’s true, and it’s observed on December 21. There is a day or week dedicated to the celebration, awareness or remembrance of almost anything and everything—some frivolous in focus, others intensely serious (snow Cone aficionados — please don’t send me hate mail, I love snow cones, I am eating a rainbow snow cone as I compose this column). This nature of publically-designated dedications is on my mind since this column will run the final day of Be Kind to Animals Week. It is the 99th anniversary of this week that is designed to call attention to the 3-to-4 million animals who are euthanized each year, the hundreds of thousands who find themselves victims of disasters, and the far too many who are victims of abuse, neglect and cruelty. That’s what this week aims to do in 2014. Can you imagine what horrors prompted it creation almost 100 years ago? Progress has indeed been made, yet we have many more miles to cover if we are to live up to the slogan of this week. The journey to achieve humane treatment of animals is far from over.
Nevada Humane Society was not yet in existence 100 years ago. Nevada’s first animal welfare organization did not open its doors until 1932. Our organization was founded in response to the appalling reality that animals were being rounded up, taken to a big pen in the woods and…well you can imagine the rest. Much has changed since two courageous women stood up and said “not on our watch, not in Reno.” In 2007, NHS launched the transformation of Washoe County into one of our nation’s earliest no-kill communities. NHS still takes in 90% of our community’s animals and treats over 15,000 animals every year. Since committing to a no-kill mission seven years ago, we have saved over 65,000 animal lives.. Washoe County is now one of the safest places in our nation to be a lost dog or cat. Yet again, our challenge is far from over.
In the past week NHS has responded to two hoarding cases that involved over 80 cats in only two homes. We regularly receive animals who–through lack of understanding, neglect or downright cruelty–need substantial medical, behavioral and financial investment. Animal cruelty continues to be underreported, under-investigated and under-prosecuted across the nation. Progress has been significant and as a community, we can stand taller than most. Yet more can, must, and will be accomplished. This week is but a reminder of work left undone.
Events that help animals
Walk for the Animals, May 24th Join animals lovers from all over Northern Nevada at the Sparks Marina for the 7th annual Walk for the animals. A fun filled day of music, entertainment and walking to save lives. Online registration and other details available at www.nevadahumanesociety.org.
Nickel Neuters May 1st – May 21st , Have your male cat companion neutered for just $5.00 at Nevada Humane Society. Appointments required, call 775-856-2000 ext 333, call today!