Honoring Our Beloved Pets

by Kimberly Wade

Each year, Nevada Humane Society sets aside time to pay tribute to the pets in our lives, past and present. The holiday season is a time to show our animal companions how much they mean to us, and our annual Lights of Love is a touching way to do just that.

If you haven’t participated before, we certainly encourage you to do so—plus this celebration makes a great gift for family and friends alike. Big holiday trees are lit throughout our community, at Legends at Sparks Marina and The Summit, as well as at our shelters, in Reno and Carson City. We also have lights all over the shelter as an acknowledgement to our beloved friends. Here’s how it works. For each pet you wish to remember, a white light is lit. For each pet you wish to honor, a colored light is lit. All pets’ names are listed in our special Lights of Love tribute in our shelter, and a tribute certificate will be sent to you or the person of your choice. The best thing about Lights of Love is that all of the donations raised by you celebrating your pets benefit our homeless animals—and some of them need your support more than ever.

The Tuesday before Thanksgiving, 13 dogs were found in a tiny trailer near Brunswick Canyon above Carson City and the Carson City Sheriff called NHS for help. Of course, this was the day that the snow began to fall. The first day 11 of the dogs were rescued during the snow storm but weather and darkness prohibited us from finding the other two. The snow that night made the dirt road up the mountain impassable so a few days went by before another attempt at rescue was made. We knew there were still dogs up there, alone, scared, and cold.  One of our NHS Animal Control Officers, along with an Animal Caregiver, on their day off, began the trek up the mountain to attempt to find the dogs. Officer Albertson had left the door to the trailer open the last time we were there, hoping the dogs would come home. Lucky for us, they did, and the two remaining dogs were found sitting on a tattered old couch when we arrived. The dogs are now warm and safe, being cared for at NHS.

Many of the dogs were seniors, and although they appeared to be well fed, they need a little help with their social skills—some are a little like grumpy old men. Because they came to the NHS, they will get this help.

Lights of Love is a way to help raise funds for precious lives just like this. Your donations are what allow us to go above and beyond for animals in need. We began this program as a way for you to celebrate your furry family, but at the same time, help those who don’t have family. Lights of Love is a meaningful gift on so many levels—allowing you to reflect on your pets, bring a smile to someone else’s face, and of course, give back to our homeless pets.

We know the holiday season is a time when everyone seeks donations, but we sincerely ask that you contribute to NHS by celebrating your pets with a Lights of Love tribute—therefore, contributing to the lifesaving efforts for the Brunswick Canyon dogs. Their future depends on you and it goes to show that it takes a village sometimes to make a difference.

Call 775-856-2000 ext. 332 or visit www.nevadahumanesociety.org to honor your pet with a Lights of Love tribute… and save a life at the same time.

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