RENO — Ninety new dog beds were purchased last week by Washoe County Regional Animal Services in an important step in ongoing efforts to ensure that animals are provided with the necessary standard of care while at the facility.
“One of our most important goals is to ensure that all animals under our care receive the best treatment possible,” Animal Services Manager Barry Brode said. “Even a simple thing like buying the right dog bed helps to ensure that we are providing the best service possible.”
Animal Services had not replaced the bedding for dogs since before moving into the new Longley facility in 2006.
The new metal-framed, Kuranda brand beds were strongly recommended in the 2009 American Humane Shelter Assessment of the county’s Animal Services because of the bed’s durability, easy maintenance and “chew-proof” guarantee.
The new beds are great for small dogs and sturdy enough for large dogs. They keep the dogs up off of the floor and comfortable during their stay at animal services and are easy for staff to clean.
“Everybody benefits from these new beds,” Brode said. “The dogs love them because they are more comfortable. It’s easier for staff to thoroughly sanitize the dog’s enclosure, and customers are able to visit with dogs that are less stressed and in a cleaner environment.”
The beds cost $77.50 each and were purchased through Animal Services’ general operating funds.