50 Shades of Spay

by Kimberly Wade

No litters, baby! That’s the goal with our newest campaign, which caters to Northern Nevada females (four-legged) this February.

If you know me, you know I love marketing trends. Piggybacking on other ideas works for us—especially when they gain national attention. We jumped on “The Secret Life of Pets” bandwagon, turned politics from a negative into a positive with our Re-PUP-licans and Demo-CATS, gave our animals a second chance with “Orange is the New Bark” and will soon be promoting furry Valentines. We also like to be a bit risqué, so we created the 50 Shades of Spay campaign, modeled after, you guessed it, the 50 Shades of Gray movie.

Look, we don’t care if you love the movie or hate it. It’s not our business. But we do care about cats on cats on cats. There are lots of them that need homes and the only way we’re going to make a dent in the bigger picture is to spay those cats! Yes, you love kittens (and there will still be kittens), but for those of you who don’t want relationships going to the next level in your spare bedroom, you should probably consider our 50 Shades of Spay campaign.

For the entire month of February, you can get your cat spayed for a reduced price at Nevada Humane Society. It’s only $50, plus your cat will get a free FVRCP vaccine. Our clinic is in Reno at 2825 Longley Lane and you must schedule an appointment by calling 775-856-2000 ext. 333. Spaces are limited.

In all seriousness, spaying cats is one of the most effective ways at reducing the homeless cat population—plus there are health benefits. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), spaying protects against certain reproductive cancers and infections, improves health and reduces many of the behavioral problems associated with mating.

Many people aren’t aware that you can spay a cat as young as eight weeks old and that female cats can have as many as three litters a year, with kittens getting pregnant as young as four months old! That means when you promote spay and neuter, you make a big impact on pet overpopulation. Think about it. If you have a cat that has a litter of six kittens, and they each have six kittens, and so forth, that’s a lot of cats.

It’s a no brainer. Spay and neuter your pets and jump on our 50 Shades of Spay bandwagon today.

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Making Lemonade Out Of Lemons

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by Kimberly Wade

It’s hard to find someone that wasn’t impacted by our recent weather. From heavy rains and flooding to serious snow and ice, everyone in our community was affected in some form. The animals, homeless pets especially, were among those.

On Friday, January 6, it was determined that our shelter in Reno could flood. A nearby drainage ditch is prone to flooding so we knew if the Truckee would crest, we could get hit. In addition, many of the streets around us were in the flood zone, and that would mean that people couldn’t get into the shelter. We immediately put our emergency plan into effect.

We decided to waive all adoption fees for Saturday, the day before the worst weather was supposed to hit. Our goal was to place as many animals into loving homes, therefore lessening the number of animals in the shelter that we would have to evacuate. We also asked for foster homes—reaching out to not just our existing foster homes but anyone in the public who would be willing to house someone for a few days. We asked volunteers if they could help us move all of our supplies. We called the media. We asked for help. The response was overwhelming.

We opened at 10am on Saturday. The parking lot was full even before that, with hundreds of volunteers lining up to help, adopters ready to find their new BFF and people wanting to donate—because they knew there would be a financial impact as well. We were flooded (pun intended) with people wanting to help us and our animals. I can’t even describe the feeling that went through me when I pulled up to the shelter—seeing cars lined up, people everywhere, Animal Services teams preparing for rescue, news crews—and even volunteers directing traffic! It was a madhouse to say the least, but in the best possible way. It was heartwarming, touching and humbling.

On Saturday alone, 81 pets were adopted into homes with new families and another 40 went to temporary foster homes. We were blown away at the kindness, generosity and good intentions that were displayed. It was unlike any other event because the people who responded came here to help. They didn’t come because the animals were free. They wanted to make a difference. After the danger had passed, we began receiving heartwarming stories about those who had found wonderful new homes in the face of crisis. We have a great community here and the stories and photos sent in by our adopters prove it.

While we start to share some of those stories on Facebook, I also ask that you join me for a huge thank you to everyone who made such a lifesaving difference during the flood weekend. We could not have done it without you! Collier International, thanks to the help of our Board of Directors, offered us space in a nearby empty storefront for a temporary shelter. ITS Logistics lent us a giant truck, as did Budget, to store our supplies so they wouldn’t get damaged. Hundreds of volunteers came to place sandbags, move supplies and care for the animals. Foster families, new and old, came out to bring animals home, even if for a few days. Adopters came from Tahoe, Sacramento and all over Nevada to save lives! Our management team was here round the clock watching over the animals and shelter. Our Carson City team was out in the weather to help people who needed it, providing food, care and shelter. We asked for help. You answered. And we are infinitely grateful. I can’t say it enough and I wish I could express the pride I felt upon seeing all of this happen. Thank you for showing the world what community means and what lifesaving stands for. Thanks to you, we took our lemons and turned them into lemonade!

P.S. Fun fact—on Sunday we had only one dog available for adoption! How amazing is that?!

 

 

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How do you know when to ask for Help?

by Kimberly Wade

Let’s face it. Most of us have a hard time asking for help. Whether we’re the stubborn type and feel only we can get it done the right way (that’s me) or we don’t want to bother others (that’s my husband), asking for help on any level isn’t easy. However, sometimes it’s needed. Many times it’s recommended. When we have new people join our team we always let them know if they have questions to ask a manager, so that we can provide the best experience and customer service. Our team, volunteers included, are always told it’s okay to ask for help because we’re dealing with lives and we want to give everyone the best possible outlook.

One way that Nevada Humane Society provides help is to support the unexpected circumstances that sometimes happen in our community. We’re there for homeless pets of course, but what about people who don’t want to give up their pets when they encounter a tough situation? It’s our goal to help them keep their pet when it’s right. Most people are not bad. Most people want what is best for their pet, but they don’t want to lose their animals. That’s when we step in.

Recently, an elderly couple had some bad luck. Their electric and water were turned off. They were struggling to put food on the table. They could barely care for each other. Their family, the four-legged kind, came first, so they decided to use their few resources to provide for their cats. Things finally hit a point where they needed help.

This couple is kind and friendly. They are very humble. They’ve been taking in neighborhood cats over the years, cats that no one else would take. Suddenly there were too many, and with no way to continue to provide for them, Nevada Humane Society was called.

We went to their home to assess the situation to see what we could do to help. The home was in fair shape and the couple brought tears to our eyes. Their cats were their entire life and they didn’t want to see them go but they knew they couldn’t care for everyone.

Our staff offered food, water and various other supplies. We determined a number of the cats, about 20, were friendly and in good condition. The couple decided to relinquish these cats to us, so we brought them back to the shelter in Reno, where they will soon be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped before being put up for adoption. We left plenty of cat litter and food for the others and we’re now working to spay and neuter their remaining cats and take in more as needed.

Asking for help and giving up their family was not easy, but this couple knew it was time. They know the cats will go to wonderful homes. They also know the challenge is not over. They have since had their utilities turned back on, and are working to find ways to support some of the kitties so that not all of them have to be given up. They know we are there to support them, and their cats, and for that we are grateful.

There are times and situations where people are out of options. We want people to reach out to Nevada Humane Society before they hit that point—especially in circumstances where one may have too many animals to care for.

The cats that were brought in are actually pretty amazing. I spent some time with them and they are playful, affectionate and beyond cute. It warms my heart when we are able to offer this kind of help because we’re making a big impact for both people and pets, and knowing that we’re giving them all a second chance is the purrfect way to start of the New Year.

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The Clock is Ticking for Tiny Tim

On Christmas Eve, just after 6pm, one of our animal control officers at our shelter in Carson City received a call (though we don’t perform animal control services in Washoe County, we do in Carson City). Two little dogs were found on the side of Highway 50. A Good Samaritan had stopped upon seeing them and knew she had to get help. She called the Sheriff first, then our Nevada Humane Society team. She, along with her family, covered the dogs and moved them to the side of the road while they waited for help.

We arrived and found out that sadly, one of the dogs didn’t make it. The other was in critical condition. One of his legs was badly injured, he wasn’t moving and he had severe swelling and bruising along the entire lower half of his body. We didn’t know what happened, so we asked the woman who called us if she knew anything.

She shared that several other people who also stopped to help told her they saw the dogs being thrown out of a moving vehicle. No one has come forward. Someone originally posted on Facebook that they were a witness but the post has since been deleted and the person is not responding to messages—which means we cannot confirm how the little dogs were injured.

What we do know is that Tiny Tim, as we named him, needed us. We took him to an overnight vet in Carson City to stabilize him, then brought him to Reno, to our veterinary clinic, the following morning… which happened to be Christmas Day. Poor Tiny Tim was in bad shape.

Radiographs confirmed a badly broken back leg and a broken pelvis. The bruising was severe as well. We had to remove his leg for the best interest of his health and he is now on strict orders to rest and minimize movement so that the pelvis can also heal.

As no one has come forward, we don’t even know if Tiny Tim had a family. He’s friendly, despite his situation, and emotionally, his spirit is intact. He understands that we are trying to help and he appears to be gentle, kind and loving. Though the story behind this may be ugly, we are not dwelling on it. We are working on saving him and giving him another chance.

As 2016 comes to a close, we ask for your help by contributing to Tiny Tim’s cost of care. We don’t have an estimate yet, but we know between the emergency vet, our surgical care, and an expected long term recovery, it’s not going to be small amount. This is your last chance to make a tax-deductible donation and help someone in need for 2016. Won’t you be a friend to us and give back to Tiny Tim? You can be assured your donation will directly benefit him, and that we will give him the best care possible. We may not know how or why this happened, but we do know he deserves better.

Please, if you can give to Tiny Tim, donate online at www.nevadahumanesociety.org, in person to 2825 Longley Lane in Reno or 549 Airport Road in Carson, or over the phone to 775-856-2000. We know he’d thank you if he could.

Our achievements don’t come gift wrapped. They are made possible by hard work, kind hearts and the generosity of people like you. NHS treats over 20,000 animals per year, takes in 90% of the animals in the community, and saves all treatable animals – over 94%! Your dollar goes further at NHS and because of your donations, we made a difference in the lives of thousands of animals this year—and we plan to do even more in 2017. So as you check your list this holiday season, please keep our homeless pets top-of-mind. With your help, we can give them the greatest gift of all: Hope.

Make a donation today by sending in a check or making a credit card donation online or by phone between now and December 31. If you would like to stop by to make your donation in person, we are open every day through the end of the year, 11:00 am to 6:30 pm, even on New Year’s Eve.

Thank you for always supporting on us and sharing in our journey. We are the voice of those who do not have one, and thanks to you, we always will be.

With very best wishes,

Kimberly Wade

Senior Manager of Communications and Events, Nevada Humane Society

P.S. We rely entirely on donations to help the homeless animals and you can be assured that your gift to Nevada Humane Society always helps animals right here in our community.

 

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