by Kimberly Wade
Last week I was lucky enough to attend an educational conference for animal welfare professionals. It provides workshops, training, networking opportunities and more. To say it was mind blowing is not even close.
Animal welfare is a unique field. We are emotional but hard working people. We are compassionate and dedicated. We all are out for the greater good of animals. Sometimes, we even get so involved we borderline on “crazy animal people” and I say that with the utmost respect—especially considering I call myself a crazy cat lady. It’s a tough job, but we take the good and the bad and use it to grow and save even more lives. We all work to be the voice of the voiceless and when you put thousands of us together amazing things happen.
One big thing I took away from the conference was that Nevada Humane Society is a nationwide leader. In more than one instance, we were used as the example for others. Our programs, events, marketing—everything that we do that increases our lifesaving efforts and raising awareness of homeless pets is a model. Smaller groups, or those that are brand new or just individuals wanting to make a difference were able to look at us for innovative ideas so that they too can reap the benefit we’ve seen in Northern Nevada.
We don’t often toot our own horn (or maybe we do) but I think it’s so important for local people to realize how well-known we are on a national level. We do amazing things in our community thanks to you and while the country is patting us on the back and borrowing our ideas, we forget sometimes to tell our own people right here in the same city.
Another great thing from the short trip? We received a grant a while back for a mobile spay/neuter clinic. The company that builds these incredible vehicles brought our giant RV to the conference as a display model, then my husband (he’s a volunteer by affiliation of me) and I drove it back to Reno. But who would we be without making the trip benefit homeless pets? We partnered with a nearby animal welfare group and transported 15 animals back to Reno. Several have already been adopted, which goes to show that it takes a village to increase lifesaving efforts.
I think it’s safe to say we all have reason to be proud of our lifesaving efforts, wouldn’t you agree?