David Dillon says he's looking for a dog whose personality meshes with his...he thinks a beagle will do the trick...so he's come to the Nevada Humane Society to find a match.
"You know, giving them a home. You know something where there's a better condition they are in. I think you can naturally tell their appreciation for it. You know, having a good home."
And fortunately for the dogs and cats here, more and more local residents are turning to the Humane Society and Regional Animal Services to find a companion. According to the Humane Society Adoption rates have increased for dogs by 90-percent between January and June of 2006 and that same time this year. For Cats the adoption rate has increased more than one-hundred percent in the same time period. And that's helped the facility's goal of becoming a no-kill community.
Bonney Brown from the Nevada Humane Society describes the policy. "The no kill philosophy is about saving lives and trying to find homes for as many dogs and cats as possible."
Brown says the kill rate for dog has decreased by more than 50-percent. Now only about eight-percent of dogs are euthanized...for cats the kill rate has decreased by about 45-percent.
She says animals that are sick, injured or dangerous are most likely to be put down. But with more local rescue groups, expanded adoption hours, and trained adoption counselors more animals have a greater chance of finding a good home.