It began with Alice Boswell, the first Board president, in the office of her attorney. Alice was a woman ahead of her time, an activist, feminist, and a supporter of Native American rights. She recruited her daughter, Carlisle Ramsey, to act as the first Treasurer. Through continued efforts of many dedicated people, such as Enid Johnson and Genevra Kimpton, the City of Reno finally recognized the need for a higher standard — and the Nevada Humane Society was born.
The Society ceased animal control work in the mid-70s and began its growth toward the agency it is today. Philanthropist George Whittell provided a bequest that allowed for the land purchase and construction of the shelter on Kresge Lane in Sparks; on January 1, 1980, the Nevada Humane Society left its barns and trailers at the Mill Street location and moved into its new facility.
The Society views itself as a community service organization. And we firmly believe that animals, domestic and wild alike, are a legitimate part of our community. Our many programs and services are designed to address the needs of all animals — and to provide support, education, and assistance for all the people that care about them.
Most importantly, realize that our efforts on behalf of the animals would not be possible without you. Your donations allow us to continue to run our programs and services. Your generosity has enabled us to expand our coverage and develop new ideas to help our animal friends. Your gift of volunteer hours makes the labor light and the work go farther. On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, I would like to thank you, the members of our wonderful community, for your support and concern for the animals we all love.
We are so grateful for all of the support that allowed us to build our new state-of-the-art facility and look forward to saving even more lives in this new chapter.