Nevada Humane Society treats over 15,000 animals every year. We are a busy place. Our partners at Washoe County Regional Animal Services handled well over 11,000 stray animals in 2014—they too are busy folks. These numbers are difficult to wrap one’s mind around and it’s nearly impossible to picture that many animals. If you struggle processing the scale and scope of what happens at 2825 Longley Lane, don’t fret because the reality is you do your part. Once again, for the seventh year in a row NHS and Washoe County will boast a save rate over 90%, which means all animals that can be saved are being saved. Put another way, you (and your friends and neighbors) are adopting the homeless animals in our community. You are the second chance our pets are waiting for. It’s time to celebrate, pop the champagne and dance like no one is watching (of course, most importantly—keep adopting)! Pretty amazing. Nevada Humane Society is one of the select few and largest open admission shelters in the nation.
The annual data analysis and number crunch once again told us what we already knew, that together we have built something spectacular and seldom replicated. I wanted to mention this as we should all take account this time of year, kick our heels up and steal a moment to reflect upon the hard work that led to these brilliant outcomes. Yet, this is not my annual happy, happy, happy column. NHS and WCRAS still take in too many stray, homeless and abandoned animals. Too many per capita, too many per square miles, too many to count.
There are many ways to attack this problem. Chief among them, please get your pet spayed or neutered. But this is not that column either (it’ll come, don’t worry). Today I want to focus on your pet staying in your home. You love your pets, they love you. It doesn’t have to get more complicated than that.
One easy way we can decrease intake, increase reunions and keep you and your adoring pet together is identification. First, make sure your pet is wearing a collar with ID tags that have your current, up-to-date information printed on the tags. Second, get your pet microchipped. Microchips, with accurate contact information, are quite simply the best way to ensure that your pet is returned to you. One in three pets will go missing in their lifetime. Microchips can help ensure that your pet finds their way home. Collars and tags are important but many animals lose their collars while they are on the run. Microchips tie your pets back to you and their home. Studies indicate that of those one in three animals that go missing, ninety percent never make their way home. Microchips increase the chances that your best friend returns home over 20 times more likely. Microchips are the silver bullet when it comes to you ensuring that you never lose your pet.
Convinced that a microchip is lifesaving tool that your pet needs today? Glad to hear it! Another reason to celebrate! The good news is that acquiring a microchip is easy. You can get your pet chipped at your veterinarians office, at Nevada Humane Society, or most amazing of all, free at Washoe County Regional Animal Services. That’s right; WCRAS is giving away free microchips to Washoe County residents. Microchips can be implanted 10-4 Monday – Friday. Please, take advantage of this wonderful program today.
If you are struggling with other animal issues, making it hard for your pet to remain in your home, please call Nevada Humane Society’s Animal Resource Center (775-856-2000 ext 200) today for advice, resources and expert analysis to help you and your best friend stay together. We have helped tens of thousands of families stay together. If you need help, Nevada Humane Society is there!