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'Adopt a Shelter Pet' stamps to the rescue
by Tribune Staff
May 11, 2010 | 722 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The plight of millions of stray cats and dogs is now in the public eye nationwide, thanks to the April 30 release of the Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet sheet of commemorative stamps.

To further help the effort, the Reno Post Office has joined forces with Nevada Humane Society to host a pet adoption day. Dogs and cats will be at Reno’s main post office on Vassar Street on Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 “Come to the post office and buy some stamps to support this effort,” said Reno post office customer service supervisor Sonny Pixley. “You can also visit some of the wonderful pets looking for homes at the Nevada Humane Society who will be here at the post office on Vassar Street that day.”

 “We’re excited about the new stamps and the opportunity to bring attention to orphaned animals,” said Bonney Brown, executive director of Nevada Humane Society. “Our goal is to make sure every pet has a home and these stamps help call attention to the great animals you can find in animal shelters.”

The stamps feature photographs of actual shelter pets: five cats and five dogs adopted from a shelter in New Milford, Conn. The actual stories of these pets and their lives since adoption can be found at

 The stamps were dedicated by Postmaster Jack Potter and Ellen Degeneres on April 30 at a ceremony at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in Hollywood, Calif. They are sold in sheets of 20 for a price of $8.80. The first print run of the stamps totaled 300 million.

The Nevada Humane Society is located at 2825 Longley Lane in Reno and is open Sunday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information, 856-2000.
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