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.