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Washoe County leads way in saving pets
by Tribune Staff
Mar 30, 2010 | 1500 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO —  In 2009, the community wide effort to reduce the number of homeless dogs and cats dying in animals shelters achieved a 90 percent save rate for all dogs and 89 percent for all cats entering shelters.

All the healthy, and most of the treatable and rehabilitatable, dogs and cats entering Nevada Humane Society (NHS) and Washoe County Regional Animal Services (WCRAS) were saved last year.

This puts Washoe County in the very top tier of nationwide communities for lifesaving homeless pets.

A summary of shelter statistics for NHS and WCRAS, both agencies combined handle most of the animals coming into Washoe County animal shelters.

Washoe County save rates including countywide save rates that combine NHS and WCRAS combined:

• Healthy in 2009: Dogs – 100 percent Cats – 100 percent

• All animals, including sick and injured in 2009: Dogs – 90 percent Cats – 89 percent

• NHS Save Rates for all animals — 2009: Dogs — 93 percent Cats – 95 percent

• WCRAS Save Rates for all animals — 2009: Dogs – 90.5 percent Cats – 89 percent

Nevada Humane Society adoptions of all animals:

• 2009 – 9,184 adoptions up by 549 animals, an increase of 6 percent.

• 2008 – 8,635, up 605 animals and increase of 7 percent.

• 2007 – 8,030, up 3,040 animals, an increase of 61 percent.

• 2006 – 4,990, 2006 are prior to the no-kill initiative and includes January and February WCRAS adoption stats.

In January 2007, NHS became a no-kill shelter and launched a bold effort to help Washoe County become a no-kill community. Since then, NHS and the other humane organizations in the community have continued to make progress toward this goal. Adoptions continue to increase while shelter deaths decrease. 

WCRAS rescues lost and abandoned pets. It provides shelter and care for a period of time so that owners have a chance to redeem their lost pets. WCRAS has one of the highest return to owner rates for lost pets in the nation, 60 percent for dogs and 6 percent for cats.
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