Reno, NV - At any given time, there are up to 400 cats and 200 dogs staying at the Nevada Humane Society in Reno, waiting for permanent homes. That's according to Diane Blankenburg, the community programs director at the Nevada Humane Society on Longley Lane.
"Unfortunately there are just a lot of people still giving up their animals, so they come into our shelter pretty regularly and our goal is to find homes as quickly as we can so we can always have room to help other homeless animals," says Blankenburg.
That's why the Nevada Humane Society is staying open for 36 hours straight this weekend. The adopt-a-thon started Saturday at 9:00am and will last through Sunday at 9:00pm. The Humane Society is calling the event "Cinco de Meow and Bow Wow." It does this every year on Cinco de Mayo to show how serious it is about getting the animals permanent homes.
"We would love to have for that 36 hour period have 100 adoptions of dogs, cats, and other small animals that we have available for adoption, too," says Blankenburg.
During this weekend, adult cats may be adopted for $5 and most adult dogs may be adopted for $25. All dogs and cats are spayed and neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped, services that normally cost more than $200.
For more information, visit the Nevada Humane Society at 2825 Longley Lane in Reno or call at (775) 856-2000.