Washoe County Regional Animal Services – Winter Newsletter 2022

November 2022 NEWSLETTER

HAppy November from the staff at Washoe County Regional Animal Services!

The cold weather and the holidays are upon us and we hope you are as excited as we are! This quarter we have a newsletter jam packed with great information, events, our annual donation drive and updates!

Reuniting a lost pet just got easier!

Animal Services has placed public use microchip scanning stations in each of the eight Pet Station stores in Washoe County! Now when you find a lost pet you can go to HelpingPetsHome.com to find the nearest microchip scanning station to scan the pet for a microchip, connect with the microchip registry, file a found report and more to help reunite a lost pet before you bring them to the shelter. 

The microchipping stations are brought to you by Washoe County Regional Animal Services in partnership with the local Pet Station pet stores, SPCA of Northern Nevada, and Nevada Humane Society.

Licensing your dog is now easier than ever!

Washoe County Regional Animal Services has partnered with DocuPet to provide residents with a simple online solution for pet licensing. Through DocuPet, residents of Washoe County now have access to the complimentary HomeSafe™ 24/7 lost pet service, secure online profiles that make licensing a breeze, plus hundreds of designer tag styles that double as a pet’s official license.

All dogs are required to hold a valid license in Washoe County. Use promo code WELCOME5 at checkout to get $5 off a designer license tag of your choice. To learn more and to license your pet today, visit https://docu.pet/WashoeCountyRef

Helping pets Home

Our program to provide a free collar and tag to every pet reunited at our shelter has been a great success. So far we have provided over 300 collars and tags to pets! 

We hope that this will help our community in their efforts to reunite a pet before bringing them to the shelter. 

Special thanks to the Dave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation who provided the funding to make this possible!

Tags for Wags!

Animal Services recommends your pet wear a physical form of identification in addition to their microchip.  To encourage our community to have both forms of ID for their pet we are giving away 1700 free personalized ID tags in the next 12 months! Get one at our office or at any event where we offer pet tags!

Visit our office today, or follow us on Facebook to find out when and where we will be offering free tags in the community!  

More than just “Dog Catchers”

Do you think Animal Services is just a dog pound? Newsflash!!! Dog catchers and dog pounds are antiquated terms that are no longer used in our industry. Our work is far more complex and the level of experience and professionalism that is required to be successful in this job has changed dramatically in the last 10-15 years. Our staff do so much more than pick up and care for lost animals and we aim to share some of the behind the scenes work that our dedicated, hard – working staff and volunteers do for you, day in and day out at Animal Services!


In October, Animal Services staff practiced their horse handling and horse care, knowledge, and skills. They worked with horses owned by our staff members to brush up on hoof maintenance and care, dental care, vaccination, microchipping and more so we can be ready to assist with lost or neglected horses or evacuation and care of horses during a disaster.
Did you know?

Did you know that Washoe County is one of the most successful in the nation at returning lost pets to their owners? When returning a lost pet it is incredibly important that we have current and up to date contact information so we can get your pet back to you quickly. If your contact information needs to be updated with WCRAS, you can request changes here. or you can send us an email at pets@washoecounty.gov

Kudos Corner!

Please join us in sending a shout out to ACO LaFinier- who returned 40% of the lost animals he picked up, out in the field last quarter!! Every animal reunited in-field, spares a valuable space at the shelter for an animal in need. Thank you ACO LaFinier for your great work!

Animal Services strives to return pets in the field whenever possible. This frees up space and staff time for the pets that really need to be here, and helps the pet avoid the sometimes stressful shelter environment. 

Affordable Vaccination Clinics 

Does your pet need their Rabies, Bordetella, Distemper/Parvo, or FVRCP vaccination but you can’t get a vet appointment or can’t afford the cost? WCRAS holds monthly affordable vaccination clinics to help keep our pets and community healthy!  

  • Our next clinic will be on Tuesday, December 6th from 3:00-7:00pm 
    • Note: Starting in January 2023 the vaccine clinics will be moving to the first Wednesday of each month
  • WCRAS, 2825 Longley Lane #A, Reno, NV 89502 
  • New appointment times open on the 1st Wednesday of the month for appointments the following month and fill up quickly 
  • Click here to make an appointment! 

Free Walk-in pet Microchipping! 

  • Animal Services is proud to offer FREE microchips for pets residing in Washoe County!  
  • Free microchipping is available Monday – Friday 8am-5pm and Saturdays 9am-3pm. No appointment necessary! 
  • Washoe County Regional Animal Services, 2825 Longley Lane #A, Reno, NV 89502 

It’s Hip to Chip!

Check out some photos of pets that were brought in for a free microchip! These pets left with more than just a bandana, they left with a permanent form of identification that makes them significantly more likely to be reunited with their families if they become lost!

Free pet food Distribution for Seniors (60+) 

  • Every 3rd Tuesday of the month 
  • 8:00-10:00 am or until supplies last 
  • Senior Center, 1155 E. 9th St., Reno, NV 89512 

12 days of Petsgiving – Annual Donation drive

Supplies Needed

Animal Services will be holding the “12 days of Petsgiving” donation drive December 5-16 to collect cat and dog supplies for animals in need in our community and pets here at the shelter.

Check out our Amazon wish list for suggested items and consider setting up a recurring donation from the vendor of your choice.

Donations can be delivered by mail or in-person to:

Washoe County Regional Animal Services
C/O Community Outreach
2825 Longley Lane, Suite A
Reno, NV 89502

Community outreach recap

It has been a busy quarter for Animal Services, Check out the photos from some of the amazing outreach events we participated in!


Animal Services was excited to have a booth at SPCA of Northern Nevada’s Barktoberfest event this year. We had a blast seeing all of the pets in their costumes, debuting our new microchip scanning stations, giving out goodies and information, microchipping pets and giving out more than 150 free personalized pet ID tags! 

Critters and Crafts

We love to support our local pet rescue groups and loved attending Res-Que’s annual Critters and Crafts event. We met so many adoptable pets, enjoyed some amazing crafts and provided free microchipping and personalized ID tags!

Glenn Duncan Elementary Assembly

We love to educate our community on what Animal Services does, so when we were invited to Glenn Duncan to talk with kids about Animal Services in our area we were very exited! Officer Malloy took his truck and “Chester” the guinea pig out to give the kids a glimpse of what it is like to work for Animal Services and Both Officer Malloy and Chester had a great time speaking with the kids.

Livestock Microchip Clinic

This time we decided to expand our microchipping clinic from just horses to most livestock. Microchipping livestock is especially important as you may become separated during a disaster (such as fire or flood) and a microchip makes reuniting a person with their livestock simple. We saw a great variety of livestock come to the clinic including tortoises, baby goats, horses, donkeys, mules, and even a mini pony! We love getting to meet the animals that live in our community while also providing a permanent form of identification for them!

See you next quarter with more updates!