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Winter, economy, kitten challenges for Nevada Humane Society
by Tribune Staff
Dec 18, 2008 | 991 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the first time in many years, Washoe County is experiencing an extra long kitten season. This may not seem like a big deal, but to the adult cats of our community, it is detrimental. It is extremely out of character to see pregnant cats still roaming the streets in December and, therefore, litters of kittens still being surrendered to Nevada Humane Society.

“I have never seen the kitten season last this long,” said Denise Stevens, operations eirector for Nevada Humane Society and long-time resident of Washoe County. “Kittens are much quicker to get adopted so this means that many more beautiful adult cats are being overlooked.”

This unusual phenomenon, layered on top of the worst economy in decades when large numbers of people are losing their jobs or homes, is creating a rise in orphaned cats needing new homes. The Nevada Humane Society is lowering its adoption fee to just $20 for adult cats (six months and older) through Sunday to make it even easier to reach out and help. There are several hundred cats to choose from in every possible color and personality.

The Nevada Humane Society is half way through its Home for the Holidays Adoption Drive, which is working to place 1,000 pets in new homes by Jan. 4, 2009.

“We have currently adopted out 463 pets so we are behind the pace to hit our goal,” said Vanessa Porter, NHS’s adoption manager. “Last weekend was slower than normal due to the weather, putting us behind.”

The pets of Washoe County need you more than ever — but the cats are in an especially vulnerable situation. The holidays are about giving and receiving and what better way to celebrate than giving a home to an orphaned pet and experiencing the joy of knowing you saved a life. If you cannot adopt, consider making a donation for the cats.

The Nevada Humane Society’s main adoption center at 2825 Longley Lane in Reno is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., opening an hour earlier on Saturdays at 10 a.m. The satellite adoption center on the corner of Moana Lane and S. Virginia St. in Sierra Marketplace is open every day from 12 noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call 856-2000, ext. 302.
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