RENO — The Nevada Humane Society is asking local residents to pick up their golf clubs and adopt a duck to help homeless pets.
Adoptions are now open both for animals at the shelter and for little yellow rubber duckies for the society’s annual Duck Race & Festival on Aug. 28.
NHS’s first Duck Race & Festival in 2010 was so successful that the event is back for a second, fun-filled year with twice as many ducks. The goal for 2011 is to find “adopters” for 20,000 rubber ducks and all proceeds benefit the community’s homeless pets.
This year’s Duck Race & Festival is set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 28 at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno. The bright yellow rubber ducks will race to the finish line in the Truckee River, raising money and awareness for the cause of homeless pets in our community.
The fastest rubber ducks will win exciting prizes, including a Washington, D.C. adventure, Northern Sierra Getaway, pampered pet Package and Dine Around Reno-Tahoe. All entries have a chance of winning $1,000,000 prize, sponsored by Walmart.
Ducks can be adopted for $5 each at the Nevada Humane Society, 2825 Longley Lane, Reno, online at www.nevadahumanesociety.org or at a variety of community events, farmers’ markets and major stores between now and event day. Visit the website for a complete list of community adoption locations.
The festival will include live entertainment, clowns, carnival games, pet adoptions, raffles, vendors and a variety of refreshments. The Duck Race will start at 4 p.m. with prize winners for the fastest ducks announced shortly after the conclusion of the race, but winners do not need to be present.
This event is sponsored by News 4, KOH AM 780, K-Bull 98.1 FM, Magic 95.5, Wild 102.9, the Reno News & Review, Wal-Mart, NV Energy and the many duck partners and volunteers.
To adopt a duck, call NHS at 856-2000.
In another fundraiser, tickets purchased to the Reno-Tahoe Open also will benefit homeless pets. As part of the 2011 Chip in for Charities, NHS is selling tickets to the area’s only PGA Tour event, scheduled for Aug. 1 through 7 at Montreaux Golf and Country Club.
Tickets cost $20, the same as the price for admission at the gate except $15 of the proceeds will help the shelter. Tickets are good for general admission on any one day of the tournament.
To purchase tickets, contact Kimberly at 856-2000 ext. 324 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.