NHS Carson City
For a listing of lost or found pets in Carson City, as well as Washoe County, please click here to see our main page for missing pets, how to report, and more.
Nevada Humane Society Carson City Center Provides Pet Adoptions, Licensing and More
Nevada Humane Society Carson City Center is now open! Located at 549 Airport Road, the facility is open for pet adoptions, licensing and other animal services. A veterinary clinic now on site at the new facility will soon be providing low-cost options to qualified Carson City residents. For more on our brand new shelter, please click here.
Become a Carson City Volunteer!Currently our Volunteer Program is being redeveloped to include many new opportunities in Carson City, as we recently opened a brand new animal shelter at 549 Airport Road. For details on how to become a volunteer, and basic requirements, including how to get children involved, please click here. For immediate questions unable to be answered at the link above, please contact Jessica Branton at or 775-856-2000 ext. 321. Again, thank you for your patience while we work hard to continue the wonderful volunteer program we have built!
At Nevada Humane Society, we believe in lifelong commitments to companion animals and work tirelessly to create and maintain those bonds. However, we do understand that there are circumstances that prevent you from being able to keep your pet, and we are here to help you through that difficult time.
Surrendering your pet to Nevada Humane Society should be considered a last resort, but we do accept pets from both Carson City and Washoe County residents. Please consider all available options prior to contacting Nevada Humane Society.
Alternatives to Surrendering Your Pet
- Contact the NHS Pet Help Line at (775) 856-2000 ext. 200 or email us at
- Contact NHS Pet Food Assistance at (775) 856-2000 ext. 200
- Enroll your dog in a behavior training class
- Learn about how you can train your pet from our Behavior Assistance handouts
- Learn about low-cost spay/neuter services through the NHS Clinic
- Learn about how you can find your pet a new home
How to Surrender Your Pet
As a last resort, Nevada Humane Society accepts pets from residents of Carson City and Washoe County at the respective shelter locations. Admissions are accepted by appointment only during the hours of 11 am to 4 pm, Monday through Saturday. For surrendering in Carson City, please call (775) 887-2171 and for surrendering in Washoe County, please call (775) 856-2000 ext. 200.
You will also be asked to fill out a surrender form and sign a legal release of ownership. The surrender fees are as follows:
- Spayed/neutered adult dog or cat: $25
- Intact dog or cat: $50
- Litter of kittens or puppies (each animal): $20
- Spayed/neutered rabbit: $25
- Intact rabbit: $50
- Other small animal: $20
Carson City, a Lifesaving Community
In August of 2014, City Manager Nick Marano announced a new public/private partnership between Nevada Humane Society and Carson City Animal Services (CCAS) designed to launch a new chapter in animal services in Nevada's capital city.
Carson City, an independent city of almost 60,000 residents, lies 30 miles south of Reno and adjacent to Washoe County, the primary service area of NHS. CCAS is responsible for community pet adoptions as well as dog licensing, bite investigations, reporting lost and found animals and enforcement of state and local animal regulations, except wildlife. Though geographically close to Washoe County, Carson City is currently worlds away in its lifesaving animal efforts. NHS is committed to helping CCAS significantly boost its live release rate as well as streamline operations for more effective service delivery.
When Nevada Humane Society officially assumed leadership of animal services in neighboring Carson City on October 1, 2014, we did so with one goal in mind: to transform Nevada's capital city into the state's second metropolitan area to become a no-kill community, where all healthy, treatable, and rehabilitatable animals are saved.
When Nevada Humane Society took over management of CCAS, the life saving rate was just 55% - an enormous disparity from the 90% plus that Washoe County has achieved since committing to a no-kill community in 2006. Almost immediately, lifesaving increased from 55% to 95%, where it remains today, as the brand new shelter is opened in October 2016.
Funding for Nevada Humane Society Carson City Center came from revenue from a 1/8 percent sales tax, donations from Nevada Humane Society and Carson Animal Services Initiative, or CASI, whose mission has been to raise money to help Carson City build and equip a safe and inviting animal shelter to help the animals in need find good, loving homes. A large portion of funding also came from two organizations who have consistently supported Nevada Humane Society in all of their lifesaving efforts. Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation, awarded $383,000 to Nevada Humane Society to outfit the new Carson City shelter, which will aid in the lifesaving mission and allow them to adequately provide for the community. The Petco Foundation contributed $100,000, which will be used to care for adoptable dogs, providing them with indoor/outdoor housing and more.