Through Monday, receptacle boxes will be located at all Reno fire stations and the Reno Fire Department administrative offices at 401 Ryland St. The boxes have been donated by Grainger Industrial Supply as part of regional efforts to seek donations to boost the ability of the Nevada Humane Society to house growing numbers of homeless pets awaiting adoption.
American Red Cross pet first aid instructor Peggy Rew developed the project and is coordinating the effort with Reno firefighters.
The Nevada Humane Society goes through more than 100 pounds of dry cat food and 300 pounds of dry dog food each day. With the current unemployment rate, the number of pets arriving at the shelter is on the rise, which is impacting resources.
Donated dog and cat food as well as new and “gently used” items such as pet toys, leashes and collars, small cat carriers, towels and blankets, dog houses and other donated items will be collected from the donation boxes and delivered to the Nevada Humane Society for immediate use. Those wishing to make monetary donations should contact the Nevada Humane Society at 856-2000. Monetary donations cannot be accepted at the fire stations, however.
For more information, contact fire equipment operator Lori Suess at 813-6294 or Rew at 626-0982.