Bone Appetite!

by Kimberly Wade

Over the years we’ve partnered with a variety of local restaurants that have been proud to put the “fun” back in fundraising. From one night dinners to longer affairs, there are so many local restaurants willing to give back to our homeless pets. We can’t deny it; we love it! Throw in the bonus of dining out at your favorite restaurant for a great cause, well; it’s a win-win!

I mention all of this because we want to let you know about our fabulous campaign, Bone Appetite. We love working together with our foodies so we decided to join forces. Our goal is to have one restaurant each month host Bone Appetite for homeless pets at Nevada Humane Society. We promote them, they give back to us.

We kicked off Bone Appetite in December, with O’Cleary’s and CBQ Bar-B-Que in Legends at Sparks Marina. Currently, Mellow Fellow Gastro Pub is raising money and awareness for Nevada Humane Society—and they’re not just about food and drink. They’re unique because they welcome the whole family for a good time, offering everything from Bingo, karaoke and trivia nights to bar games, free pool and shuffleboard!

If that doesn’t have you convinced, add Saturday, January 30 to your calendar. Mellow Fellow Gastro Pub is wrapping up the Bone Appetite event with a special Yappy Hour! From 5pm to 9pm, join us for a Bingo tournament, raffle prizes, food and drink specials and more. Proceeds and added donations will directly benefit our homeless pets.

I have to say, from the first moment I met Ryan, the owner, he was so excited to be a part of this. We were brainstorming ideas on napkins and talking about everything our community has to offer—and he wants to set an example for others in giving back. We couldn’t be happier!

So if you’re looking to dine out and give back, visit Mellow Fellow Gastro Pub and tell your server you are there for Nevada Humane Society. Bring your friends, family, colleagues—just go! Remember; tell them you are here to support Nevada Humane Society so that they know to give a portion of your bill back to the animals.

Mellow Fellow Gastro Pub is open for lunch and dinner, located at 300 East Second Street in Reno just across from the Reno Aces Ballpark. There is free parking in the garage. For more details and specific dining hours, please contact Mellow Fellow directly at 775-657-8946.

P.S. Next month, February, we are featured as the charity of the month for Rapscallions Seafood House and Bar. We hope to see you there, too!

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A Year in Review

by Kimberly Wade

You already know we here at Nevada Humane Society love to brag about our accomplishments and encourage you to support us in all of our lifesaving endeavors. But, what we probably don’t do enough, is offer up our gratitude to you, because without you, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Our successes are your successes. As 2015 has now come to an end, here’s a look at our year in review thanks to you!

  • Over 15,000 animals received care at Nevada Humane Society and 10,626 pets were adopted into loving homes!
  • The Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption campaign saw 1,377 dogs and cats go home—plus 25 small animals for a total of 1,402 animals!
  • Celebrated the first full year in partnership with Carson City, where Nevada Humane Society now operates Animal Services, the shelter and provides pet adoptions to the community. Carson City can now be proud of a 95% save rate, an increase from 55% before the partnership!
  • Also in Carson City, we broke ground on an amazing new animal shelter. Construction is now underway for a much needed new complex for homeless pets in our State’s Capital!
  • Over 2,000 animals received foster care to get ready for adoption, including adult cats and dogs, kittens and puppies and rabbits!
  • Close to 2,000 feral cats were trapped, cared for, neutered, vaccinated and returned to their community!
  • Because of the Pets For Life program, which provides community outreach to people and pets in underserved communities, specifically the 89512 zip code, there was a 50% reduction in animals arriving to the shelter from that area!
  • The Blitz Grants, generously funded by PetSmart Charities, helped Nevada Humane Society spay and neuter 1,644 owned pets!
  • Thanks to an incredibly inspiring adoption story, Nevada Humane Society was awarded the grand prize Holiday Wishes grant from the Petco Foundation!
  • Awarded the 100% Giving Board Award, which means that every single member of the Board of Directors supported Nevada Humane Society with monetary donations!
  • Awarded first place in the RNR’s Best Of Northern Nevada for Best Animal Shelter, Best Local Place to Work, Best Business Facebook Page and Best Local Non-Casino Business!
  • The inaugural Heels & Hounds event, a fashion show and champagne brunch extravaganza, debuted in April and a second one has been scheduled for April 10, 2016!
  • During Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days, 589 animals went to loving homes over a two day period!
  • The annual Duck Race & Festival in August went on despite very low water levels in the Truckee, even raising the most money yet, to help homeless pets!
  • Two new programs for kids debuted, Books & Buddies, where young students practice reading to shelter pets; and Pals & Paws, offering kids animal welfare education!

That’s quite the list and yet it doesn’t come close to covering everything we accomplished in 2015! The important thing we hope you take away from this is that we reached these lifesaving milestones all thanks to your support. Your fundraising efforts, networking, Facebook shares, Instagram likes, volunteer hours, donations and more all led to saving lives. Your support allowed us to reunite people and pets, help people keep their pets in tough times and place homeless pets into loving homes. Thank you for helping to create a bright future for so many pets in need.

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Why Nevada Humane Society Needs You

by Kimberly Wade

You would be surprised at the number of people that don’t know who we are or what we do. Yes, people use our name and adopt from us and talk about us, but many people confuse us with other non-profit groups. It’s a common challenge faced by all animal welfare agencies. We consistently strive to educate our community so that we can overcome this challenge, but it’s not easy. We are nationally known, one of the top lifesaving shelters in the country and one of the safest places to be a homeless pet, but yet locals don’t even know that. It’s a battle we face every day.

Here are a few facts:

    • The Humane Society of the United States—not us. We don’t receive funding from them nor do they govern us nor do they have any affiliation with us.

  • Local groups, such as SPCAs or other shelters with the words “Humane Society” in their title—not us
  • Washoe County Regional Animal Services— through a contractual relationship, NHS and WCRAS share a building which has a very positive impact on the community lifesaving efforts. WCRAS provides the community with animal control services and NHS provides adoption and program services. Together, we work closely together to save lives.

 

Nevada Humane Society is a non-profit, 501©3, charitable organization providing care and finding homes for homeless pets. We are the largest and only open admission, no-kill shelter in the entire state of Nevada. Open admission, meaning we accept all animals that arrive from Washoe County and Carson City without judgement. We do not turn away animals based upon breed, age, size or look. No-kill, meaning we do not euthanize animals for time or space. More than 93% of the animals who come into the Nevada Humane Society leave alive. Whether it takes a few days or a few weeks to find new homes, we are here for them. Whether they are old or young, cute or ugly, we are here. Whether they have medical needs or not, if we can treat them and give them a healthy, happy, second chance at life we do it. If a situation arises and we find ourselves needing to take in dozens of animals at a time, we find a way to make it happen. This is lifesaving. This is Nevada Humane Society.

We are funded by people like you, people who give anywhere from $5 to $5,000. We have our own Board of Directors who guides the direction of the organization. We implement our policies, procedures and programs. In most shelters nationwide, what we do would not be possible. But we live in an amazing place, where when we are in need of help, you are there. When we call, you answer. When we fall down, you lift us up.

All of this is because of your support. Your donations, your desire to add a pet to the family, your wish to share our stories— our successes are your successes. Your kindness will help us save the lives of animals… just like Cocoa and Lacy. These two came to shelter after their person lost their home. Cocoa, a 13 year old pit bull terrier, and Lacy, a 13 year old Dachshund, had been together forever. It was not an easy choice for their person and it was sad. For everyone. We promised we would find them a home together… but how long would that take? How hard would this be?

Cocoa and Lacy were the typical grumpy old women. They had mobility issues, they were finicky, and they weren’t always receptive of attention. But we promised their person to find them a good family and keep them together so we did whatever it took. We took cute photos, promoted them on social media, and learned to get along with their timid personalities. A month later, they found love.

Cocoa and Lacy are proof that we accept anyone, that we don’t turn away for breed or size or appearance. They are proof that no matter how long they need to stay with us, we’re here. They are proof that no matter how much money we have to invest to find them a home, we’ll do it. Why? Because they deserve it.

As we near the end of 2015 your support is needed more than ever. We need you to help us by adopting those that may not be adoptable the day they arrive; your help in fundraising for their care; your help in believing that Nevada can become a lifesaving state.

Will you make a promise to donate today to Nevada Humane Society to help further our mission? Washoe County and Carson City would not be where we are today without Nevada Humane Society…. but we need your continued support to keep this up. With your support, we are here for the animals and they deserve the second chances we keep giving. Will you help us do that?

 

 

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