Fido Fest Celebrates All Things Dogs

by Kimberly Wade

Barley, my middle-aged terrier, smiled at me this morning, and for good reason. He knows this weekend is going to the dogs and if you’re a dog lover (like many of us), consider yourself invited! Fido Fest, which debuted last year, is back! This fabulous doggie extravaganza features everything for the dog lover (and pet lover) by bringing together local businesses and adoptable dogs for one big celebration this Saturday, April 22, hosted by and at The Summit in South Reno. While many stores in The Summit will be participating with fun specials and giveaways, adoptable dogs and vendors will be located in the Center Plaza between Vans and Tilly’s. Fido Fest runs from 10am until 2pm and admission is free. Festivities include:

Fido Marketplace of dog-themed art, gifts, jewelry, pottery, dog toys and more

Many adorable dogs for adoption (bring the whole family to meet your new friend, yes, this means dogs too!)

Animal healthcare and obedience vendors

Live entertainment

K9 Agility Course Demonstrations


Retailer specials and giveaways

Food Trucks

Free admission!

Dogs available for adoption include big and small, young and old, cute and yes, even the not so cute. Personalities blend between sweet and well-mannered to lively and energetic. There will be the everyday pup (the labra-doggy), exercise partners and champions of fetch (the pity party), dogs for date night (the small, fluffy, diamond collar kind), couch potatoes (seniors) and those that dig through your trash (the pre-teens and toddlers). All dogs have already been spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.

The Summit has always welcomed visitors with dogs and with good weather finally upon us (unless I jinx it), Fido Fest is the perfect family outing—for the two and four-legged kind! Last year we had some pretty incredible matchmakers, if you remember Kuro and Kibo, a black lab and shepherd who were abandoned at Hidden Valley Park. These two found love thanks to Fido Fest, and we know those same kinds of stories will happen this year, which makes a big adoption like this even more important to our community. By the way, Kuro and Kibo are doing well with their family and happy to celebrate their one year adopt-a-versary too!

So don’t miss Fido Fest, even if you aren’t ready to adopt. There are lots of other fun things going on and we’re going to be showing everyone a doggone good time!

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Celebrating Saia’s First Birthday

Saia Turns Oneby Kimberly Wade

How many of you celebrate your pets’ birthdays? Whether by posting a simple photo on social media or going the distance with pup-cakes, presents, balloons and then some? If you’re like me, you do both! Next week, on April 18, my little Siamese, Saia, turns one. She’s a chunky, goofy, vibrant little girl with lots of sass in her personality. I wasn’t always one to make a big deal out of pet birthdays, but after losing my first three cats, and experiencing pet loss for the first time, I decided I needed to celebrate life. Now even my husband laughs at me for the birthday “pawties” I throw!

You may recall a year ago, I was in Las Vegas for an animal conference. After it ended, I met with a nearby animal welfare group to bring 15 cats and kittens back to Reno. My little Saia was one of them. As we were moving the kittens into our adoption vehicle, she refused to go into the cage with her four siblings. She literally leapt into my arms (mind you, she was about four weeks old) and clung to me. When I tried to put her with her siblings she wanted nothing to do with them. She wouldn’t eat. She wouldn’t sleep. So while my husband drove (he always gets roped into helping me with these things), I held her in my lap for ten hours. Once back in Reno, she came home with us, to our house, as a foster kitten. She still wouldn’t eat; I couldn’t leave her alone overnight! Her siblings were fine and doing everything right, but apparently she wanted nothing to do with them.

As you can guess, Saia never left my house. She eventually began eating, and I think her constant desire to eat today is because she’s making up for lost calories during her childhood. She’s my special little girl, who took a road trip with me, making her way into our hearts and home. For those of you thinking that my husband is very tolerant and that I’m lucky to have him (given my obsession with animals), you’re right.

So next week, we celebrate Saia’s birthday. Most of our brood (we have three dogs and three cats) have birthdays early in the year, so as you can imagine it’s been busy. Saia, just like the others, will receive toys, a fancy bed, treats and more. I even go as far as to get one of those big helium number one balloons, you know, like most people do with their human kids? For me, my pets are family, so why not celebrate their precious little lives? I’ll be sharing it all over social media too.

I know I’m not the only one that does this. The veterinarian my husband and I go to had a birthday “pawty” for her 14-year-old lab and invited lots of her doggie friends to come over and celebrate. Another friend decorates with balloons, beautiful chalkboard signs, and cake for her kitties. Then there are all of the pets’ who have social media accounts! I too have an Instagram for my cats (@little_maisey_moo) and our Nevada Humane Society office cats (@nhsbosscats) and the number of birthday celebrations we see are incredible!

Speaking of birthdays, I do have one special shout out, an early Happy Birthday to Maddie, the namesake to Maddie’s Fund. She would have been 30 on April 26, and her legacy lives on thanks to Maddie’s Fund, and also thanks to so many lives we’ve saved here at Nevada Humane Society.

So, whether you laugh at me or support me, the point is that our animals are family. They love us unconditionally, and if you’ve ever adopted from Nevada Humane Society you know this well. We take our pets’ on vacation, to the beach, shopping, out to dinner and then some—so why shouldn’t we celebrate their birthdays? Every day and every year that we have our animals with us is another one to be acknowledged. Whether you go big with a “pawty” like I do, or just post a photo online and have all of your friends wish your four-legged BFF Happy Birthday, it’s a joy for all of us. Hopefully Saia’s birthday celebration will be inspiration for your furkids, too.

By the way, if you want to share photos and stories of your “pet pawties” I’d love to see them! Email me at or send them in to 2825-B Longley Lane, Reno, 89502.


Kimberly Wade is the Communications Director for Nevada Humane Society. She has been with the organization for 7 years but her passion for animals began as a child. Kimberly lives with her husband, 3 cats (one pictured) and 3 dogs.


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Heels & Hounds is Back!

by Kimberly Wade

Think Kentucky Derby. Veuve Cliqcuot. Shopping. Mother’s Day. Adorable, four-legged, fluffy dogs and cats. Brunch. A photo booth. Plenty of pink, orange, green and gold. Spring. Charity. All of this sums up our first big fundraising event of the year, our third annual Heels & Hounds, and you don’t want to miss it!

I can’t believe it’s already April and that Heels & Hounds is here again but we are so excited to kick off Spring with a bang—especially given the recent weather hasn’t felt very Spring like! Our event will fill you with all of the warm fuzzies—bright colors, fun-filled festivities, lively and friendly community go-getters and of course, animals. Because after all, that’s why we host events and raise awareness—because the animals need you.

Heels & Hounds is our annual champagne brunch and fashion show, happening in one week, on Sunday, April 9, at Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. Tickets aren’t available at the door, so be sure to get yours now by calling 775-856-2000 ext. 320 or visiting our website, Just a few of the festivities that you’ll enjoy include:

  • Dozens of boutique vendors with of one-of-a-kind gifts for people and pets—just in time for Mother’s Day too!
  • A Bubbles & Bling Champagne raffle, where you can buy a glass of Veuve Clicquot and one lucky glass will win a pair of $2,500 Diamond earrings, courtesy of Goldilocks Jewelry and Coin!
  • The Key to The Couture Closet raffle, a fabulous gem of over $4,000 worth of prizes, with everything from a style makeover to health and wellness packages, beauty and fashion gifts, jewelry and a shopping spree valued at $500 by Dillard’s!
  • A silent auction with over 75 cool items for people of all lifestyles
  • A fashion show with local celebrities and pets
  • Unlimited champagne, brunch and even more sweet treats
  • Pets, pets and more pets!

Tickets are going fast and at $75 each they’re a steal for what we know is going to be the best “Sunday Funday” ever. Not to mention, all of this comes back to benefit our homeless pets at Nevada Humane Society.

Last year we saw over 17,000 animals come through our shelter for some form of help. While most of those were homeless pets, others were animals who needed vaccines, spay or neuter services, behavior help and more. Through it all, we saved over 95% of the animals in both Reno and Carson City. That’s lifesaving, folks. That’s making a big impact on local communities as well as those smaller ones around us. And all of this is done thanks to your support, your donations.

So if you’re thinking about going out next Sunday, April 9, maybe it should be for Heels & Hounds. After all, you’ll get a wonderful day with family and friends all for a good cause—because everything we raise for Heels & Hounds helps us cover the cost of animal care—it helps us save lives.

Tickets are not available at the door and last call is by tomorrow, Thursday, April 6, so get yours now either by phone at 775-856-2000 ext. 320 or online. We hope to see you there!

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