What is the value of a rubber duck? I suppose intrinsically a couple of bucks. Yet, if Ernie, of Burt and Ernie, has taught us anything—the true value of a rubber duck is incalculable. Recall his immortal words, “rubber ducky, you’re the one” and know that all of us at Nevada Humane Society couldn’t agree more!
Those of you who are now concerned that I have lost my mind, fear not, I am just geared up for NHS’ Annual Duck Race & Festival. On August 23rd in Wingfield Park, 30,000 rubber ducks will float their way down the Truckee River (perhaps not as quickly as in years past but swim they will) racing towards the grand prize of a brand-spanking new Toyota Corolla donated by Dick Campagni’s Carson City Toyota Scion. Prior to great duck dump (courtesy of Q & D Construction) Wingfield Park will be jumping with carnival games in the midway, food and drink vendors, live music, and so much more!
Let us return to the question of the value of a rubber duck. To adopt one of the ducks for NHS’ Annual Duck Race & Festival is just $5 but the power of that adoption and the accumulative muscle of this yellow armada is truly profound. These silly yellow ducks sporting sunglasses help raise much needed funds for NHS’ lifesaving mission. Every duck adoption helps NHS better meet its mission, expand its reach and continue to make Washoe County and Carson City two of the safest places to be a dog or cat in the nation.
These ducks will help NHS treat 16,000 animals this year alone, will help bring spay and neuter operations to the community, will help provide food bank assistance to 2,600 families every month, will help expand our outreach efforts to underserved populations, will help support the PUP’s prison program, will help fund G.I. DOGS, will help us continue to save 94% of our communities homeless animals and so very much more. By adopting a duck you can help save a life.
As Nevada’s only open admission, no-kill shelter, Nevada Humane Society depends upon the generosity of our community and your participation in events like our annual Duck Race & Festival. Since 2007, you have helped save over 75,000 animals—but we are far from done. There is still so much yet to be done, so many animals in our community still need help, and we refuse to step backwards in this community—we always look to save more lives! Please help us achieve all we strive for and help our community remain a no-kill community where every animal has an opportunity for a second chance. Adopt a duck. Save a life! #GetYourDuckOn #DuckRace