Thanks For Giving

‘Tis the season for love and laughter, celebrations and giving—something we can all use! Let’s face it. We’re all busy and have too much on our plates. It’s time to slow down, remember those around you (especially our four-legged ones) and take the time to make a difference.

I know I talk all the time about making a difference, but repetition is key. We can talk all we want about doing something better, giving back to someone else, but how many of us actually do it? That’s why this year I challenge you to give back and to also challenge those close to you, because together, we can make one really big impact.

Here’s the deal. There’s Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. They all appeal to you to spend, which is great because you are supporting the economy, but the spending goes towards things (usually) as opposed to a cause. Instead of getting that second latte while you push through the shoppers, or paying the extra five bucks for two-day shipping, won’t you please give to us?

Tuesday, November 29, is Giving Tuesday, a national movement where people are invited to donate to charity during the biggest season of giving. We ask that you give to Nevada Humane Society to allow us to further our lifesaving mission. To be honest, our homeless pets have it pretty good. We have two beautiful shelters, one in Reno and one in Carson City. The animals are loved like family by staff and volunteers. They are given warm bedding, toys, treats, play time outdoors, catnip and more. But what they really want is a home of their own. Your donations help us do just that—give them the second chance they so deserve.

When you donate to Nevada Humane Society, your gift helps repair the broken leg of the cat that was hit by a car. It allows us to drive to California to see a specialist for the young dog who was born with a heart condition and needs special surgery. It allows us to help people—those who temporarily are down on hard times and need us to help out with food for their pets—after all, they don’t want to give up their pet they just need some help. Your donation is the gift that keeps on giving. It may not be the latest tech toy or a fun, winter wardrobe, but it makes a difference in the lives of those that need it.

Want to help on Giving Tuesday? Here are some easy ideas, all of which can be done by donating online, calling us at 775-856-2000 ext. 324 or visiting us:

  • Sponsor a shelter pet! The cost to help a shelter pet during their stay is $250, which includes spay/neuter, vaccines, a microchip, basic bedding, toys, daily care, and infinite amounts of TLC.
  • Celebrate a pet through our Lights of Love, where your donations light up the community. For only $10, you can light a light to honor or remember your pet. It makes a great gift too!
  • Support a program, like our Angel Pet program, which helps shelter pets with chronic medical conditions be adopted by covering the cost of lifesaving medications for the adopter.

When you give you can be confident your donations are staying right here. We are a non-profit, funded by your donations and not affiliated with other groups. Your giving helps us truly provide for homeless pets. On behalf of our team and the animals we serve, Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for making a difference.

One more thing. Don’t forget to bring your pets and get their picture with Santa Paws on Saturday, December 3 at our Reno shelter at 2825 Longley Lane. Professional photographer Susan Koppel will be here to bring out your pets’ best side in this fun event! Photos just $5. Details: www.nevadahumanesociety.org

P.S. Maddie’s Fund coined the term #PetFriday last year to invite people to spend time with those who bring us joy, as opposed to battling the throngs of shoppers on Black Friday. This year, we join the movement and ask you to do the same. Take time out from your shopping to donate to Nevada Humane Society or visit us and our furry family. Who knows, you may find love too! We’re closed on Thanksgiving, but otherwise open daily from 11am to 6:30pm (we open at 10am on Saturday).

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