Washoe County Regional Animal Services and Nevada Humane Society unite in urgent appeal to save lives in overcapacity crisis

by | May 30, 2023

In a joint effort to combat an overwhelming overcapacity crisis, Washoe County Regional Animal Services (WCRAS) and Nevada Humane Society (NHS) wish to issue a heartfelt plea for immediate community support. WCRAS is facing an unprecedented challenge as, after over a week of operating at critical capacity, on Tuesday May 30, 2023, WCRAS dog kennels reached 100 percent capacity, and more dogs are continuing to arrive with nowhere to go.  While WCRAS isn’t an adoption agency, the animals that do not get reclaimed from WCRAS are made available for adoption by NHS, SPCA of Northern NV and many rescue group partners throughout our region. Many of these partnering shelters are also full.

WCRAS is incredibly saddened to have to consider the possibility of euthanasia to create space for incoming animals.

Understanding the power of community involvement in saving lives, WCRAS and NHS are appealing to the collective compassion of the local community. Together, we call upon all caring individuals in the area to rally behind this critical cause and make a lifesaving impact. To address the pressing crisis, WCRAS and NHS urge the community to help by:

  1. Immediate Pickup of Owned WCRAS Pets: Pet owners are urged to promptly retrieve their pets from WCRAS. A quick response will prevent the heartbreaking loss of another pet’s life due to limited space. You can view lost and found pets on WCRAS website at www.24petconnect.com/WSHOFound.
  2. Community Reunification of Lost Dogs: If community members find a lost dog, both organizations encourage leaving no stone unturned in efforts to reunite them with their owners. Visiting a public microchip scanning station, creating an online found pet report with WCRAS, and temporarily holding the pet for up to 48 hours can provide invaluable time. For more information visit https://www.helpingpetshome.com/
  3. Adopt a Lifelong Companion: By adopting, community members not only offer a second chance to a deserving pet but also create valuable flow of animals through our shelters and into new homes.
  4. Foster a Precious Life: For individuals unable to adopt a pet, fostering offers a temporary yet impactful solution. Fostering greatly improves a pet’s quality of life while simultaneously freeing up kennel space for incoming animals.
  5. Volunteer and Make an Impact: Volunteers play a crucial part in providing care for pets, facilitating adoptions, and expanding overall capacity. Volunteering offers a meaningful way to support the animals in the community when adoption or fostering may not be feasible.
  6. Donate to Animals in Need: Animals in shelters benefit greatly from donations of not only monetary value but also food, toys, bedding, and more. Donating provides important items for sheltered animals.

Washoe County Regional Animal Services and NHS urge community members to share this critical message far and wide. By raising awareness and spreading the word, the chances of a positive outcome for the dogs in our care increase exponentially. WCRAS and NHS extend their deepest gratitude to the compassionate individuals in the community for their unwavering support and commitment to animal welfare.

Press Contacts:

Quinn Sweet, Program Coordinator, WCRAS, 775-353-8917, qsweet@washoecounty.gov.

Sassra Dobson, Marketing Manager, Nevada Humane Society, 775-856-2000 ext. 320, sdobson@nevadahumanesociety.org

About Washoe County Regional Animal Services (WCRAS): WCRAS focuses on animal welfare and public health, through sheltering, field services, regulation enforcement, and proactive outreach programs that support responsible pet guardianship and pet retention. We are the only lost and found pet shelter in Washoe County and an average of 13,000 animals come into our care each year. WCRAS dispatch and field services are provided to the community 365 days per year from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.. Dog licensing, free microchipping, permitting, and other services are available 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

About Nevada Humane Society: Nevada Humane Society is a non-profit, charitable, animal shelter whose work is made possible by donations. The mission is to care for pets, find them homes and save lives. The vision is that all pets should have a healthy, happy life. The guiding principles are to promote humane treatment, relieve suffering, operate no-kill shelters, and educate and engage the community. Our Federal Tax ID is 88-0072720. You can read more about us on our website at https://nevadahumanesociety.org/