Adopt and Save a Life

By Mary Nielsen, guest blogger and author of this cat blog, Feline Living!


Adopt and save a life

Stray animals and overcrowded animal shelters are a big problem. There are millions of animals in the shelters all over the USA and they are waiting for a loving home. New stray animals are appearing on the streets every day and it is hard for shelters to take them all in if the numbers of animals are increasing with the shelter spaces being limited. But you can help these animals! All you have to do is adopt a cat or dog and encourage others to do likewise. Not only will you have a warm cuddly friend who will love you to the end, but now the shelter has the means to help even more animals in need. If you have the capacity to care for an animal, why not adopt?

How shelters care for animals

Unlike those unsavory kitten and puppy mills, animal shelters show the highest regard for the well-being of the homeless cats and dogs they take in. In a tick, the shelter workers can turn a matted grimalkin into a Duchess or a floppy mop top into Lassie. Shelters not only feed and house cats and dogs in need but also provide very necessary veterinary care. Spaying and neutering is a priority as are vaccinations and parasite removal. Any and all illnesses will be screened and tended to as is appropriate.

Find the pet that’s just right for you

What every cat and dog really wants is a family. Different cats and dogs will naturally have different needs. Do you want a mate to just sit on the sofa and watch telly with you? Do you want someone to run about in the garden with? Do you want a big buddy you can take out to the countryside with? Would you prefer a purring little mite to curl up in your lap? No matter what cat or dog you get, please remember that this is a living being who needs love like food and water. Please do exercise forbearance and patience. Keep in mind the animal does want to make you happy, if he or she only knew how. It can be tricky sussing out what must be done to help a pet settle into your lifestyle. It’s fortunate that your local animal center can help you. Ask, and you shall receive.

The animals need you!

If you cannot adopt a pet, please consider fostering one. Shelters are always in need of volunteers of a sort. If you’ve a lorry with enough room, you can provide transportation services. If you do photography, you can take photos for an adoption website. If you do web design, you can offer your services. There are also simple tasks like answering phones and e-mails or if you’d prefer personal interaction, you can offer to walk or groom animals. Please help however you can. If you have friends or family who would like to add a cat or dog to their household, suggest adopting. If you need more reasons to adopt, please consult this infographic. Adopting a pet saves a life. Please make your home the Forever Home a pet dreams of.

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Through the Looking Glass

by Kimberly Wade

Recently we put out a plea on social media asking for photos of adopted pets—and wow, did people follow through! We have the most adorable photos of so many Nevada Humane Society alumni and I am blown away at the stories and positive impact each and every one of them has had on their new families. I mean, I know people love their pets but to have literally hundreds of people email me brings a joy to my heart—and I can’t even take credit! The entire team at Nevada Humane Society, from adoption counselors to animal caregivers to veterinary technicians to our administrative team found homes for these animals by working together. However, it got me thinking. With so many dogs and cats going home in a matter of days, why are there some animals who reside at the shelter so much longer than others?

I’m going to be honest. While the average length of stay is just less than two weeks, there are some dogs and cats who are there for months. It’s hard to say why, but what I’ve seen is that these are the dogs and cats who are more introverted, or who require ongoing medical care or who have some unique quirks that require them to be an only pet. But really, time will allow for the introvert to come out of their shell. Those with ongoing medical care are typically an Angel Pet, where we provide free or at cost supplies and veterinary care for their lifetime. Those that would do best as an only home are because we have a history on them from previous owners or we have seen their dislike for other four-legged friends at the shelter—and we want to set them up for success. Either way, they all still deserve a home, love and a family to call their own. So here’s my plea to you—we have four specific pups that could really benefit from a home and a family, and I need your help to make that happen.

Adoptable Pets at Nevada Humane SocietyTiva is a four-year-old gal who tends to be on the mellow, introverted side—though she loves a good cuddle. She’s been here for a year, and the staff and volunteers love her and parade her everywhere with the hopes of finding that special someone—but it hasn’t worked. She’s a pit bull so she has that little frowny face that makes her look grumpy, but we promise you she’s not.

Adoptable Pets at Nevada Humane SocietyAce is a big, goofy, terrier mix who always smiles. He’s seven and has also been here a year. Did we say he’s big? Think of him like a giant body pillow—fluffy and round. He’s got a smile a mile wide, so be ready for it.

Rocko 36498207(2).jpgRocko is a stunning fella with the most beautiful shaded coat—his fur is a shining mix of gray and brown. He’s built well, strong in the right places, cut in others—like a movie star. He’s six and pushing six months at the shelter. He’s a bit shy, and likes to take his time getting to know you before jumping into a relationship—but once he’s committed, he’s all in.

Princess 37350482(2).jpgFinally, there’s Princess, all wiggly butt and tail wagging excitement. She thinks she’s pampered, going after any lap she can sit on and any hand that will pet her. She’s about nine, so she thinks she’s retired but really she’s got a goofy energy that is guaranteed to keep you active and entertained. Princess is also one of those frowny pit bulls, but when she sees you that frown very quickly turns upside down.

Each of these four prefer older kids or adults only, no cats and will need to meet any other dogs before going home—but would probably do better with no other pets. They’re independent, free spirits who love their humans. Their breeds by nature are energetic and love attention. They do best with active families, toys and other enriching goodies to keep them entertained and lots of love. We really don’t want them sad to be here; after all, Nevada Humane Society is pretty awesome, but we know it’s better for them in a home. So the challenge is on. Either you open your heart and home to one of these bumbly, goofy dogs, or help us find someone who will. Challenge accepted? Good. We’re open daily for adoptions so I expect to see you soon.

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