Washoe County Regional Animal Services – Winter Newsletter 2024


This quarter we have some exciting updates to share, new events,  and some tail wagging statistics! 

Free Pet vaccinations for Senior pet owners

We are thrilled to announce a special event in partnership with the SPCA of Northern Nevada offering FREE pet vaccinations for our beloved senior pet owners! 🎉🐕🐈
📅 Date: February 28th, 2024
🕙 Time: 10 am to 2 pm
📍 Location: Livestock Pavilion, Reno-Sparks Livestock Event Center, 350 N Wells Ave, Reno NV 89512
Who’s Eligible: All senior pet owners aged 60 and above are invited to attend. Please bring an ID, and no appointment is needed—just walk in and let us take care of your dog and cat companions! Please ensure cats are separated into individual carriers and dogs are on a maximum 6ft. leash
Vaccines Offered:
✔️ Rabies
✔️ DA2PPV (Dog distemper/Parvo)
✔️ Bordetella
✔️ FVRCP (Cats)
✔️ Pyrantel (Dewormer)
✔️ Microchips
FREE first-time dog license
We are overjoyed to bring this valuable clinic back to our community. Spread the word and mark your calendars!
For More information: 

43 Puppies, One Common Enemy: Parvo

In 2023 Animal Services saw an alarming rise in Canine Parvovirus (Parvo) cases, with 43 sweet puppies (double the number we saw 5 years ago) brought to the shelter who were fighting this deadly and highly contagious virus. 
Vaccination is the best defense against Parvo, and timing is crucial. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Parvo can survive in the soil for up to a year and can be  easily tracked into your home on your shoes!
Vaccination is quick and easy, check out our list of local vaccination resources to help protect your pet today! Washoe County Pet Vaccination Resources

Don’t forget if your pet is at the shelter you can pick them up any day of the week!

Animal Services is available by appointment on Sundays from 9:00am – 1:00pm for owners to pick-up their pets!

To ensure a smooth experience, please call our dispatch at 775-322-DOGS (3647) to schedule your appointment before coming in. Our dedicated team is here to help reunite you with your furry family members seven days a week.

Tail Tallies: Unleashing the Purr-fect Numbers! 🐾

Dive into the fascinating statistics from this quarter at Animal Services and get ready to be wowed by our whisker-worthy metrics! As 2023 wraps up, let’s take a sneak peek at some of our annual highlights—because every number has a story to tell!

Pet Resources

Vaccination clinics

Having updated vaccinations is important for all pets in our community; Animal Services offers a vaccination clinic at our office on the first Wednesday of every month from 3:00pm – 7:00 pm.  Appointments generally take about 15 minutes and most vaccines are only $10 each!  Click here to make an appointment!

Free Microchipping

Microchips are a permanent form of identification for your pet to help them get home! Bring your pet to Animal Services anytime Monday-Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm or Saturday 9:00am – 3:00pm and our staff will microchip your pet and register your microchip for free!


Free pet food for local seniors

On the third Tuesday of the month, Animal Services, in partnership with SPCA of Northern Nevada, will be at Washoe County Senior Services to provide free pet food to local seniors with pets. Every month we provide about 1,500 pounds of pet food to local seniors with pets!

Public Microchip Scanning Stations

Want to help keep a lost pet out of the shelter? With nine public stations setup across Washoe County, you can now scan any found pet for a microchip and contact the microchip company to help you reunite the pet! You help a pet and save valuable space at the shelter for pets that truly need to be here. Talk about a win-win! For more info check out our lost and found page. 

Dog Licensing

A license to help them get home, and to follow the law? Now that’s a two-fur deal! Whether you are purchasing your first annual dog license or have been licensing your dog with us for years there’s no time like the present to get your pup licensed!

Get your license now at Washoe.docupet.com

Update your contact info

Does Animal Services know who to contact if we find your pet? Having updated contact information is vital to helping us reunite pets with their families. If your information has changed please help us update our files by completing this simple online form. You can also email us at Pets@washoecounty.gov or stop by our office.

Happy Tail:

Drainage to Delight: Havasu’s Happy Ending

Remember the skittish little pup who was living in a drainage pipe for many weeks and was finally rescued thanks to the collaborative effort between Animal Services and the City of Reno Facilities and Maintenance team?
Well, after an extensive foster stay through Nevada Humane Society where he learned to trust, love, and play, this pup (now named Havasu) has found his forever home and we couldn’t be happier for him!
His adoption was a special moment for all involved that highlighted how team work makes the dream work!

Kudos Corner – Lost pet glow up!

Pets arrive at Animal Services in a variety of conditions. In one case, this pup came in with severely matted fur and visible open sores. When pets develop mats they often pull at the skin and cause discomfort. The tangled hair can also trap things, like foxtails, that can irritate the skin and cause sores. To help this pup be more comfortable, our amazing Caretaker, Nate, took the time to give this pup a much needed hair trim, bath, and finally a warm sweater! Animal Services sees thousands of animals come through our shelter every year and we are proud to have such caring staff who work to ensure every animal is as comfortable as possible.

See you next quarter with more news and updates!