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Nevada Humane Society, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission:

Nevada Humane Society is a non-profit, charitable, no-kill shelter creating a no-kill community. NHS works to find homes and provide care for homeless animals. Our work is made possible by donations.

Programs:

The main programs at Nevada Humane Society are Shelter Care and Adoptions, free Animal Help Desk Program and Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program. Each of these programs have sub-programs or categories such as our Seniors-for-Seniors Pet Adoptions Program, Homeless Referral Program, Pet Food Assistance Program, Foster Program, Volunteer Program, and Pit Bull Spay/Neuter Program.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Really a stellar place. Nationally renowned and for good reason. I live in Georgia and work in animal welfare but I have family in Reno. I have read copious amounts of data and articles about NHS and its all true. I tour and grill staff every time I am in Nevada to collect more date, more info, steal their great ideas. Donate today, this place is rewriting the book on sheltering.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

far exceeded expectation is correct! I saw a gentleman come in balling to surrender his dog. His dog had been running at Virginia Lake and had fallen into a little hole and broken his leg. The guy had spent $800 bucks at Klaich for xrays and "treatment". The guy didn't have any more money and was sent away. He came to the human society to give his dog up because he could not afford any more medical bills and did not want his dog to suffer. He was sobbing. Instead NHS treated the dog, fixed the leg and gave the dog back to the man. They told him good homes are hard to find, this dog should stay in his. I am starting to cry just thinking about it. I am a senior on a fixed income but they get $10 from me every week. Its not very much money, but its theres for ever.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted by three dogs from the HS. Greatest place ever. My dog ended up having some health stuff and they took care of ALL of it!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've run a number of nonprofits and I am a big fan of this one. I believe in their mission, their ability to meet their goals, and their thriftiness in spending my donated dollars. I personally think Reno has too few great charities, lots of high profile groups, but a dearth of great ones. NHS is a great org.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Nevada Humane Society is my favorite group in Reno. Volunteer, donate, adopt! Now!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Top notch non-profit. I ran a charitable organization for 25 years and have now volunteered and donated to NHS for over 2 years. They have had truly remarkable executive level leadership, first by Bonnie Brown and now with Kevin Ryan. When Bonnie left I wasn't sure they could recruit a talent that could replace her but they did and they have. Their managers are experienced and compassionate. The staff cares and understands the importance of public interaction. I am stingy with the number of groups I support financially as a result of my career experiences. I focus my dollars on a small number of superior groups, I think my current favorite (along side my former organization) is Nevada Humane Society. Simply the BEST

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

don't buy a pet! Adopt, this place has super inexpensive animals with all of their shots. Everyone is helpful and eager to find the right pet for you. Love it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love NHS. They don't just house animals, the don't just spay and neuter, they don't just hold adoptions, they do EVERYTHING. Their CEO has a weekly column that I look forward to every Saturday, they have super active facebook, they show up at every community event ever, they are awesome. there are other animal groups in town that do good work, but there is only one Humane Society!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great place to adopt a pet. Everyone was really nice and very helpful. They take exceptional care of their animals and really focus on customer service. The building was super clean and had no "shelter smell" at all. I've been to a lot of animal shelters, this was the best experience.

Donor

Rating: 5

An absolutely incredible organization. They put their money in the right places, have amazing return on investment, maintain one of the highest save rates in the country, and make me proud to live in Reno. We are not number one in very many categories, but we have the top humane society in the country!

Donor

Rating: 5

An amazing place. An open-admission, no-kill organization that saves 10,000 animals every year. The absolute, most incredible animal organization I have ever dealt with. I am amazed by NHS every day!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NHS continues to be an amazing resource for the city of Reno and surrounding areas. After being here for only 3 years, I can see the effect the programs are having on the local area's population of homeless and abandoned animals. One of the greatest joys I experience are in my meeting people whom comment about the shelter when they see the NHS logo on my hats as I where them around town.
The devotion to the animals while dealing with very large #s of them is a tribute to the staff and volunteers.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved from Connecticut to Nevada 2 years ago having to give up my family's cat in the process. When I arrived in Reno I sought out an animal shelter to get my animal "fix" for both cats and dogs. Over these past 2 years, I have come to volunteer in many different ways that I never could have imagined. I have seen and heard stories about the plight of some animals that I would never have believed if I had not witnessed them first hand. I have become engaged with people whom are willing to give up so much for our little friends without voices. And most importantly to me, I have been touched (and hopefully touched in return) some wonderful 4 legged friends. The devotion, dedication and ongoing sacrifices made by the folks at NHS is inspiring and in a very short time span, I have witnessed the effect it has had not only on myself and some other volunteers I have come to know, but also on an entire community to the betterment of all, not just animal lovers. NHS is a true one in a million and it's recent success in promoting "no-kill" as a way of life is truly amazing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Soon after losing my last cat (had several of them for 20 years), I went in to see the Nevada Humane Society and its new building. It was a positive, cheerful facility that didn't smell bad, thanks to all the volunteers and staff who keep it so clean. After an orientation, I went "to work" there. The Volunteer Coordinator and I put together a mentoring program, not required, for those who want to know, in depth, about how we do things there, where supplies are located, etc. Now I schedule the cat mentoring and also mentor, a very rewarding job in that volunteers are happy to have gone through this process, so vital to knowing safety guidelines for the public, our volunteers, and the staff. There is a very good feeling when working there - we volunteers are greatly appreciated and know it. Aslo we are all proud of the high adoption rate the NHS has. Anne Simone

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Volunteer

Rating: 5



To whom it may concern,

I would like to write in support of Nevada Humane Society. In my 35 years as a resident of Washoe County, I have seen this fine organization morph from a rag tag average animal rescue shelter to a premiere no-kill shelter under the direction of Ms. Bonney Brown.

The NHS facility is a model for all animal shelters. Their record save rate of 94% is the highest of any metropolitan city in the USA and far exceeds the national average of around 60%.

NHS has over 7,000 local volunteers and raises private donations every year through their numerous fund raising events in the community such as, Walk for Animals, Duck Race and Lights of Love. The physical facility itself is amazing. Every time visiting there as a volunteer, I feel warmly welcomed and appreciated by the staff for taking time to socialize the orphaned cats and dogs.

The NHS needs to be recognized for the excellent work it has done for our community under Ms. Brown's administration.


Regards,
Cort
FV de Peyster
UA (Retired)

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Donor

Rating: 5

In 2006, after taking in our fourth homeless cat in four years, I began to realize that we would not be able to continue doing this forever. Eventually we would reach the maximum number of cats that we could care for. So I made the decision that if I could not personally provide a home for every cat that needed one, the next best thing would be to give to Nevada Humane Society to help them care for homeless cats and find them permanent homes of their own. Over the last 6 years, my involvement with NHS has grown from being just a donor to being a volunteer for special events. Having the opportunity to see the organization from behind the scenes has only increased my admiration for it. The management and senior staff are focused and dedicated, intelligent and creative. The entire staff of employees cares about the welfare of each individual animal in the shelter. The organization works with other animal welfare organizations in the area to help create an entire no-kill community. As a donor, I have been pleased to see how carefully funds are spent, never wasted. Most important of all, they have achieved amazing results. Last year, 2011, the save rate for both dogs and cats at NHS was 93%, compared with a national average of approximately 58%. I can't imagine a more incredible nonprofit organization to which to contribute either money or volunteer time!

Ruby6

Donor

Rating: 5

Nevada Humane Society is a critically needed and successful animal welfare operation for Northern Nevada which so many of our population depends upon. Residents who are no longer able to care for their pets, for whatever reason, to those who want to adopt a new pet into their family, will find the perfect resources at Nevada Humane Society to place an animal into a loving, caring new home. The management and staff are peerless: the systems and procedures that all at NHS employ ensure that: (1) the immediate care of the animal is superior; and (2) the long-term quality of life in adopting into a good fit of ownership is abundantly apparent. The animal adoption success rate is unparalleled compared to most other regions of the country. This, in large part, is due to the diligence, conviction, and compassion to save animals of NHS's Executive Director, Bonney Brown. The Northern Nevada region is very fortunate to have at the helm of it's major animal saving workforce the talents of Ms. Brown, who has a long lineage of animal welfare accolades, both national and regional. This organization truly deserves the recognition of the 2012 Top-Rated Nonprofits List.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love helping the animals to find a new home. My friends all say I could not do that, but my respond is it is so rewarding to see the animals go home. The staff are all very helpful and love the pets.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became aware of the Nevada Humane Society (NHS) 2 years ago after loosing my cat and being left with a big hole in my life. My husband and I went to the shelter and picked out our new family member. We were helped by amazing staff and volunteers. One year later and i began working there as a volunteer myself. I am very sensitive when it come to animals and thought that I could never volunteer in an animal shelter, but decided to give it a go, and I am so pleased that i did. NHS is a no-kill shelter, and without that I would have had no interest. Everyone from staff to management has a passion for animals and cares about what they do and the animals they serve. The animals are very well looked after until their fur-ever homes are found, or have a place to live out their lives if necessary. When animals are struggling in the shelter, the staff identify these and send out emails to get these old or sick animals homes - it works, i personally 'foster' a 17 year cat who had been there for 2 years - and i would not now be without her. NHS is very creative with it's themes for attracting people into the shelter to get animals adopted, and also does many off-site adoption events too. Fundraising is also a key activity and again they are creative and it's amazing what they achieve - saving approx 10,000 animals per year, with a 95% save rate - on a very limited budget. As a volunteer, when people say to me, looking at all of the animals - "poor animals" - i always reply that theses are the lucky ones!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Nevada Humane Society is the most rewarding adventure I've ever had. Sometimes it's difficult looking into the eyes of dogs and cats whose owners have surrendered them. You can see the confusion in their eyes because of being forced to live in new surroundings. But that initial sadness is replaced by such happiness when you see their cage empty a week later and find out a loving family adopted them into their new forever home. When we hear the bell ring at the adoption desk and everyone cheers, it sometimes bring tears to your eyes because you're so happy that a good dog or cat was adopted.

Lisa153

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When people find out that I volunteer at Nevada Humane Society, frequently their response is "I could never do that . . . it's too sad." While the circumstances that bring the animals to the shelter may be sad, NHS is anything but a sad place. The shelter is bright and clean and filled with people -- staff and volunteers -- devoted to caring for and finding new families for homeless pets. And when the bell rings to signify a lucky pet has found their forever home, NHS is one of the most joyful places to be. Those happy endings are the reason that I volunteer. So whether I'm writing thank you notes, reading to cats, taking pictures of dogs, or fostering kittens, I am proud to be part of the organization that makes those happy endings possible for so many pets.