Local pet campaign aims to increase animal welfare

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - One local pet adoption campaign is aiming to increase animal welfare statewide and they're doing just that that by bringing together animal organizations for a two day conference.

Maddie's Pet Project in Nevada is a campaign focusing on animal welfare throughout the state.

Today wrapped up their fall conference in Washoe county.

Kimberly Wade is spearheading this project as the campaign manager.

"In Washoe county this is something that we've been doing for a while," said Wade. "We've been doing great in Washoe county but there's always room for improvement."

Part of their mission is to encourage pet adoption and provide access to veterinary care.

"There are so many smaller towns across the state that don't have access to veterinary care," added Wade. "So that's one thing we're doing is working with shelters, rescue groups and the general public to be able to provide veterinary care for their family."

With more than 200 attendees representing 48 organizations statewide at this conference, there is one common goal...promoting animal welfare and raising awareness.

This conference highlights a number of issues which includes behavior modification, caring for special needs pets, disease prevention and more.

"So many topics are here at these conferences and by making it Nevada based and open to Nevada animal groups we're really bringing people together across the state to create a life saving no kill together," said Wade.

Wade added that networking is a key aspect of this conference to ensure everyone is on the same page.

"So it's working together and not being afraid of reaching out to each other because that is ultimately what is going to help out everybody across the board," said Wade.

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