Community Provides Support For Nevada Humane Society
The Nevada Humane Society has been providing a warm, safe environment for local strays to call home since 1932. The no-kill shelter is able to successfully care for these animals thanks to donations and volunteers within their community. When the news spread that a major storm was making its way to Reno, the NHS knew they’d have to lean on their supporters more than ever.
In the days leading up to the storm, the Nevada Humane Society decided to wave all adoption fees in an effort to evacuate as many animals as possible. They knew that there was a very strong chance the building would flood, so they called upon temporary foster care volunteers to take animals into their homes. The Nevada Humane Society’s foster care coordinator, Tara Davis, was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the community. “We had hundreds of volunteers and thousands of people come through the shelter, over 700 emails from people offering to foster, and everyone, through it all, was kind, polite and understanding,” Davis wrote in an email expressing her gratitude to those who expressed interest in fostering animals. Following the storms, the Nevada Humane Society still received a massive amount of support. “It’s not uncommon to have a line of people waiting at the door before we open. It’s crazy how many people support our cause,” volunteer Holly Rodgers said. Prior to the storm, each of the facility’s four cat colonies were overloaded with cats ready to be adopted. Thanks to the surge of adoptions, there are now only a few left. “We had 81 pets go to amazing forever homes and over 50 animals went to foster homes,” Davis wrote in her email. Lucy was taken to a foster home for several days due to concerns of flooding, but now she is back at the shelter waiting to find her forever home. While the past few weeks have been an amazing success for the society, their workload never seems to lighten. There are still stray cats that roam around the building that they have been unable to capture and care for thus far. The NHS is a non-profit organization that is able to run solely on donations of money and time from the citizens of Reno. The NHS expresses their gratitude through this statement on their website: “Most importantly, our efforts on behalf of the animals would not be possible without you. Thank you for your support and concern for the animals we all love!”