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Humane Society sees 12% jump in number of dogs
by Tribune Staff
Sep 28, 2011 | 955 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The number of dogs surrendered to the Nevada Humane Society (NHS) and Washoe County animal shelter is 12 percent higher than it was at this time in 2010, according to NHS Community Programs Director Diane Blankenburg.

So far in 2011, NHS has received 1,334 of the 1,767 dogs that the county has transferred to area rescue groups.

Cats also are having a tough time, as summer always sees an explosion of kittens being born. But homeless adult cats also are at an all-time high to a point where there is no extra room, according to the NHS release. Shelter space is desperately needed, which means adoptions are extra important right now.

As the economy continues to waiver, hitting Nevada harder than any other state in the country, more and more people are being forced to move and pets are often left behind. This also makes it a tough time for anyone to make an additional commitment. To ease the burden, NHS is allowing new adopters to pick their own price as an adoption fee for both dogs and cats — giving each adopter a chance to make it work for their personal budget.

“It’s amazing to see how some will give more in order to help those that are less fortunate,” Blankenburg said. “But the most important task is to find new, loving homes for the so many deserving homeless pest.”

The Nevada Humane Society has a variety of dogs and cats available for adoption. Their shelter is open for adoptions seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and an hour earlier at 10 a.m. on Saturdays at 2825 Longly Lane in Reno. For more information, visit
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