RENO, NV - There is no place like Home for the Holidays and Nevada Humane Society has found homes for 867 pets since it launched its Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive on November. The goal is find homes for 1,200 animals by January 2 so they still need 333 more homes.
Traditionally, more families bring pets into their homes during the holidays than at any other time of year. What better gift can anyone give during the holiday season than saving the life of a homeless pet?
Many families are spending more time at home during the holidays with days off work and kids out of school. It’s a great time for everyone to bond with the new pet, help them adjust to your home, and work out all of the daily routines.
In the past, many shelters actually discouraged families from adopting pets during the holidays. This did not stop them from getting new pets. It just took away the adoption option and forced them to support the puppy mill industry.
Mike Arms at the Helen Woodward Center in San Diego saw this as a golden opportunity and launched the Iams Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive in 1999 when 14 area shelters found homes for 2,563 orphaned pets. This year over 4,000 shelters are participating in 25 countries with a collective goal of finding homes for 1.5 million animals.
The program to date has helped 5.7 million families experience the joy of pet adoption. “No one wants to think of a homeless dog or cat spending the holidays in the shelter, especially not Christmas Eve.
Through the Home 4 the Holidays Pet Adoption Drive, we are asking the community to help these deserving pets by adopting or encouraging friends and family to adopt a pet,” explained Bonney Brown, Executive Director for Nevada Humane Society.
“Pet adoption gift certificates are available if you have family or friends that are considering the adoption of a pet.”
Adoption fees for Home for the Holidays are $45 for adult dogs, $10 for adult cats and $30 for kittens under 4 months of age. Every dog, cat, and kitten at Nevada Humane Society is spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. These services would normally cost over $200 so this is a real holiday bargain. Senior citizens may adopt pets 6 years of old and older for free.
Nevada Humane Society is open for adoptions 7 days a week (including Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and Day, but closed Christmas Day) from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and an hour earlier at 10am on Saturdays. The adoption center is located at 2825 Longley Lane, Reno.
For more information about Nevada Humane Society, visit www.NevadaHumaneSociety.org or call 775-856-2000.