12 Saves of Christmas

by Kimberly Wade

To some, the holidays are about family and love. For others, it’s about giving back and honoring the less fortunate. For even more people, it’s a mix of everything, kind of like one big celebration. That’s what we do here at Nevada Humane Society—we not only cheer for the animals going home and the families donating time or money, we also recognize and celebrate second chances and the unconditional love pets’ provide to us. We share their adventures and tell their stories. We believe all lives are precious, wand sometimes, the more unique of a story a pet has, the more our hearts gravitate towards them.

Our 12 Saves of Christmas is an annual movement where we share a dozen special animals with you—their wins and losses, their hearts and their happily ever after. We showcase these stories through email and on our social media, which means if you haven’t signed up for our email list yet, please do! You don’t want to miss out on these incredible lifesaving stories.

Take Tim, for example. He was a tiny, four-week old kitten living on the streets with his four siblings. They were so young when they arrived at Nevada Humane Society that we placed them into a foster home. Everyone grew big and strong but on one of Tim’s vet visits a heart murmur was detected. We wanted to see if we could help him, so Tim went to see a cardiologist in Loomis, California who gave him the approval for surgery. We then brought him to Sierra Veterinary Specialists here in Reno, and thanks to a great surgical team, he was given a second chance.

Tim holds a special place in my heart, for many reasons. One is simply because I was the lucky one to travel with him on his young journey and meet his wonderful medical teams. The other is that I actually adopted one of his siblings. She, nor any of the rest of the litter, have heart problems. Tim was the only one who did, and knowing this could have been my baby girl made me want to go above and beyond for Tim—which we all did. As a team, we saved his life.

Our 12 Saves of Christmas features animals who really deserved a second chance. They deserve YOU and your support—which is where the giving back and honoring those less fortunate comes into play. We know every holiday season you are asked to give to so many wonderful groups, yet we really hope you carve out a spot for us, for Nevada Humane Society. The reason is simple. Animals don’t have a voice. We are their voice. Tim was given a second chance because we wanted him to get that. This is lifesaving. This is Nevada Humane Society.

To follow our 12 Saves of Christmas, please sign up to receive our emails through our website, www.nevadahumanesociety.org (look for the red button on the right) or follow us on Facebook or Instagram. You too, can be a voice.

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