Nevada Humane Society: Bringing Animals and People Together Since 1932
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What is the Nevada Humane Society (NHS)?
Are you part of a national organization?
Are all of the animal shelters and rescue groups in Nevada part of the Nevada Humane Society?
Are you a “no-kill” shelter?
Are you animal control?
What should I do if I’ve lost an animal … or found one?
What animals do you take?
Can you call me if you can’t place my pet?
How do I surrender my pet?
If my situation changes and I am able to reclaim my pet, what is the process?
Why do I have to have my pet (dogs, cats, rabbits) altered if I reclaim it?
Do you offer all veterinary services through your clinic?
Do you have financial assistance programs available for any of your clinic services?
How do I adopt a pet?
How much does it cost to adopt?
Where is the Nevada Humane Society and what are your hours of operation?

What is the Nevada Humane Society (NHS)?

NHS is a non-profit, 501(c)3, organization founded in 1932. Our goal is to create a no kill community in Washoe County, Nevada. We work to accomplish this through adoption and spay/neuter programs, providing care to homeless animals and by working with individuals and other organziations in the community. | TOP

Are you part of a national organization?

No. NHS is a private and independent organization. We work with many other humane organizations, including national groups, but we do not receive funding from them. | TOP

Are all of the animal shelters and rescue groups in Nevada part of the Nevada Humane Society?

No. While we certainly share many of the same goals, and while we work closely together on many projects, these are all individual agencies and groups. For more information on their missions and operations, please contact each of them directly. | TOP

Are you “no-kill?”

Our goal is to create a no-kill community for Washoe County, Nevada. To achieve this goal we are going to need the support of the entire community, individuals, businesses, and other organizations.

NHS works closely with Washoe County Animal Control, as well as many rescue groups and other humane organizations toward this goal.

To learn more about how you can help please take a look at our volunteer application| TOP

Are you animal control?

Lost & Found
Animals sporting a Nevada Humane Society identification tag should be turned in to Washoe County Regional Animal Services.
No. Animal Control services are provided through various government agencies, their primary function is that of public safety. They enforce ordinances with regards to rabies control, leash laws, animal nuisance issues and much, much more. In Washoe County, the central impoundment facility for animals is in Suite A of the Washoe County Regional Animal Services Center, which is in the west wing of the facility shared with the Nevada Humane Society on Longley Lane.| TOP

What should I do if I’ve lost an animal …
or found one?

New Shelter,
New Technology

Upon arrival at the new Washoe County Regional Animal Services Center, lost/stray animals will have their pictures taken by Washoe County Animal Services. The pictures will then be posted on their website. This new resource will help you find your pet from your office or your home, and greatly increase our animal redemption rate.
In Washoe County, Reno and Sparks, if you have lost your pet, please visit the Washoe County Regional Animal Services Center on a regular basis, as that is where the “stray” or “owner-unknown” animals are taken. Leave a “lost report” at the front counter. You may also check out our kennels. However, we are prohibited by law from accepting stray animals, but you are welcome to come by to put your mind at ease. You may also leave a “lost report” with us. Be sure to put up flyers with your pet’s description, date lost, area lost and owner-contact information. Watch the “Found” column in the Reno Gazette-Journal and consider placing a “Lost” ad as well. Don’t give up!

Animals picked up or surrendered to Reno Animal Services are posted hourly at PetHarbor.com. Be sure to check there if you have lost your pet!

If you have seen a stray animal and would like it picked up, please call Washoe County Regional Animal Control at (775) 322-DOGS. If the animal is friendly and you can safely handle it, check for identification and try to trace the owner. If you are able to maintain the pet while looking for the owner, be sure to contact Washoe County Regional Reno Animal Services at (775) 858-1616 and file a “found report.” You may also do this with NHS. If you cannot maintain the animal, you can have an animal control officer come to your home to pick it up, or you can take it directly to Reno Animal Services.

If you live outside of Washoe County, please contact your local police or sheriff’s department (or animal control if you have one) for assistance. | TOP

What animals do you take?

We accept animals from their legal owners who are no longer able to keep them. Acceptance of an animal does not guarantee admission into the adoption program. There is no set “time limit” for any animal’s stay at the shelter – each animal is assessed individually for health, temperament and behavior. NHS is unable to re-home animals who are a danger to themselves or others, or who are medically challenged beyond our ability to rehabilitate. | TOP

Can you call me if you can’t place my pet?

Waiting List
If you’re in search of a specific type or breed of animal, NHS will gladly put your name on our list. Should the animal of your dreams arrive at our shelter, you will be contacted via phone.
NHS wants to be your last resort. Please try to place your pet with family, friends, co-workers, through the paper or through a rescue program first. You may even call us to see if we have anyone on record looking for your type of pet already. While we have a very successful adoption program, we cannot guarantee placement. If you can possibly reclaim your pet at a future date, then your pet may take the place for another pet at the shelter whose owner did not have a choice. | TOP

How do I surrender my pet?

NHS accepts owned pets by appointment only Monday through Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Call (775) 856-2000. Please bring whatever written information you have about your pet: vaccination and medical records, pedigree papers, a brief biography, etc. You will be asked to fill out a surrender form, and sign a legal release of ownership.
The surrender fees for animals are as follows:
Spayed/neutered adult dog/cat: $25
Intact adult dog or cat: $50
Kitten/puppy (each animal): $20
Rabbit or other small animal: $20
If you are unable to afford this fee, it may be waived. We do suggest that you call the shelter before bringing your pet to us. We may be able to assist you with other placement options, or offer guidance and counseling with behavior and training problems so that you can keep your pet. You may also visit our Obedience & Behavior section and view our Behavior Information Pages to help you address problems that are straining your pet-owner relationship. | TOP

If my situation changes and I am able to reclaim my pet, what is the process?

If your pet is still at the shelter, you may reclaim it by re-adopting it. As the pet is now the legal property of NHS, it will have to be spayed or neutered prior to leaving the facility (applies to dogs, cats and rabbits) if it is unaltered. You will be responsible for this charge. | TOP

Why do I have to have my pet (dogs, cats, rabbits) altered if I reclaim it?

Nevada Revised Statute 574.600 mandates that ALL dogs and cats must be surgically altered before leaving a shelter, animal control center or “releasing agency” (rescue/placement group). This helps control the state’s pet overpopulation crisis and thereby reduces the number of homeless animals euthanized in shelters. NHS operates a spay/neuter clinic on-site and is able to accommodate the pediatric sterilization of puppies and kittens in addition to adult dogs, cats and rabbits. Rabbits were added to our internal policy as we receive over 300 for adoption each year. | TOP

Do you offer all veterinary services through your clinic?

No. NHS’ clinic offers subsidized (low-cost) spay/neuter/vaccination services to the public on a space available basis. We look to expand the availability of these services in the future.

Spaying and neutering directly addresses the tragedy of pet overpopulation and helps ensure the ever-decreasing numbers of homeless animal euthanasia in our community. vaccinations help promote a healthy pet population for all income levels, and are required by the NHS clinic to be current a the time of surgery. We also offer microchipping to support complete pet identification. NHS strongly recommends that all pet owners establish a relationship with a local, full-service veterinary hospital to provide for the pet’s health throughout its lifetime. | TOP

Do you have financial assistance programs available for any of your clinic services?

NHS offers financial assistance for dog and cat spays/neuters at its clinic, on a space available basis, if our low prices are even beyond your reach. Please ask for more information at the time you call for an appointment at (775) 856-2000 . We are also sometimes able to offer spay/neuter assistance to private cat owners in the form vouchers, which can be used at a participating veterinary hospital near you, courtesy of The Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation. The NHS prefers that you ask your veterinarian to call or write us to reccommend you for this program. Vouchers are limited to ten per household per year, and are intended for low and fixed income animal owners. | TOP

How do I adopt a pet?

Adoption Success
“I just wanted to let you know that we adopted a dog from you last summer, and we are so happy with him. His name is Charlie, and he is a Plott Hound. He loves our other dogs and our cats. He sleeps on our couch, or the kids' beds. He is spoiled rotten, and we wouldn't have it any other way.
We are so glad he was given up for adoption, so we could have the chance to bring him into our lives. Charlie is a special part of our family.”
  • Kelly Stangel and family
Our primary goal is to make lifelong matches between the pet and its new owner. We do this through sharing information about the pet and its needs, as well as you and your needs. Our counselors are here to help you make the right choice. Our animal caregivers are familiar with each and every pet in the facility and are excited to share this information with you. We have visitation booths for “meet-and-greets”, as well as more open (but enclosed) areas for dog-dogs introductions. We ask that adopters be legal adults, with current identification and proof of residency where the pet will live and that renters provide proof of landlord approval. Pitbulls and pit mixes have special adoption requirements; please contact our main office at (775) 856-2000 for more information. | Adoption Page | TOP

How much does it cost to adopt?

Americans spend more money each year on dog food than on baby food.
Adoption fee includes the pet's first vaccination, deworming, spay/neuter, and microchip. Click here for current adoption fees.| TOP

Where is the Nevada Humane Society and what are your hours of operation?

NHS is located at 2825 Longley Lane, Suite B, at the east wing of the Washoe County Regional Animal Services Center, just south of the intersection of Rock Blvd (see map). Adoption services available from 11 am 6:30 pm Sunday - Friday and Saturdays 10am 6:30 pm, except select holidays. | TOP

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