Our Mission And Goals

Our Mission and Goals



Nevada Humane Society (NHS) is a charitable, non-profit organization and the only open-admission, no-kill shelter in the state of Nevada. We have been bringing people and animals together since 1932. In 2007, our Board of Directors changed the mission of the organization to one of lifesaving, promoting animal welfare while finding homes and providing care for homeless pets in Northern Nevada. Today, in 2017, we have saved over 90,000 animals thanks to a wonderful community and can proudly say that we have created a true safety net for the animals.


Our mission is to care for pets, find them homes and save lives. Our vision is that all pets should have a healthy, happy life. Our guiding principles are to promote humane treatment, relieve suffering, operate our no-kill shelters and educate and engage the community. Thanks to the amazing support of the community and the hard work of our Board of Directors, dedicated staff, volunteers and partners, we have achieved dramatic results. In 2012, Washoe County was highlighted by Maddie’s Fund, honored with the Community Lifesaving Award and named one of the safest communities in the country for homeless pets, with a 95% lifesaving rate.


NHS is proud to be engaged at the cutting edge of animal welfare. We are recognized as a leader in animal sheltering and stewardship and are considered a national model, educating shelters everywhere on lifesaving practices. NHS is a charitable, 501(c)3, non-profit organization and the Federal Tax ID is 88-0072720.