Life at Nevada Humane Society is always hectic. Our expansive suite of programs is enough to keep any organization busy, but when you marry that workload with the 15,000 animals that we will treat this year—it can be daunting, even intimidating. That’s why we ask you not to judge too harshly when you see a member of staff wandering the aisles of Smith’s or Raley’s mumbling about cats or spay/neuter appointments. We work hard because we care, because so many rely on us—failure is not an option. Thus, we live by the motto of onward and upward. “More” is our watchword—not because we need more work or are lousy with free time but because “more” literally translates to an ever-increasing number of lives impacted and lives saved. Two-legged and four-legged alike.
NHS has been a fixture in Reno, Northern Nevada and the state since 1932. Over the eighty years we have served Washoe County much has changed. Our services have expanded, contracted, evolved and adapted—both to our changing community and the changing landscape of animal welfare. We have fought to remain on the cutting edge of our industry, innovating to provide our community the best and most substantiated programs and initiatives. In 2007, this drive combined with emerging data ceded the greatest undertaking in our history. NHS, stepping out on mostly unexplored terrain, challenged ourselves and our community to become one of the nation’s fist no-kill communities. We did just that. What takes most organizations and communities years, even decades, we achieved in under a year. NHS and the people of Washoe County did not stop there. We labored to achieve ever higher levels of lifesaving. All of this culminated in 2012 when Maddie’s Fund declared Washoe County the safest place to be a dog or cat in the United States. All of this said our work is far from done; we still face many challenges and have many goals we still strive to reach.
This drive to make an ever-expanding impact in our community has led us to the largest augmentation of NHS since 2007—when we helped change the world, proving no-kill is a realistic possibility for not just one shelter but for an entire community. We plan to prove this true one more time. On October 1st NHS is expanding to Carson City, partnering with the city to make Nevada’s capitol its second no-kill community. This journey will be arduous, it will be strewn with obstacles, but we will not be deterred. We WILL transform Carson City, we will save thousands and then tens of thousands of lives, and we will again prove that Northern Nevada is a truly a remarkable place. This time, we will achieve our goal of forging a no-kill community much more quickly as we will endeavor to summit that challenge in one month. It is my vow to this region that we will not fail.
This augmentation is just that, an increase in services. We will not abate, mitigate or retreat from our commitment to Washoe County. We will stretch, grow and adapt, just as we have for the past eight decades. We will need your help. We will need the entire community to volunteer, adopt, support, and advocate for this new undertaking. One more time unto the breach, dear friends—this will be exceedingly difficult, yet as we have demonstrated in Washoe County, it is exceedingly worth it.
Special thanks to everyone who made this new lifesaving effort possible, including the Carson City Board of Supervisors, Carson City Staff, the volunteers of CASI, and all those who have searched for a new beginning for Carson City. NHS will make you very proud.