Nevada Humane Society is a charitable, non-profit organization and the only open-admission, no-kill shelter in the state of Nevada.
We help more than 18,000 pets in need every year and have been
serving the Northern Nevada community for over 90 years.
Incorporated in 1932, our organization was originally created to address the suffering of local stray animals. In 2007, our Board of Directors changed the mission of our organization to one of life-saving; promoting animal welfare while finding homes, and providing care, for homeless pets in Northern Nevada and beyond. In 2014, our organization expanded to include Carson City. In October 2016, we moved into a brand new shelter in Carson City, which has significantly increased the number of pet lives saved in Northern Nevada. It’s an exciting time for homeless pets and animal lovers, as more than 140,000 animals have been placed into loving homes since our life-saving mission began in 2007, and we are only continuing to grow.
Providing Quality Care
We accomplish our life-saving work by providing quality care, and finding homes, for homeless pets in need while offering a variety of programs to benefit the public and their pets. We are dependent on donations and do not receive funding from government agencies or national animal welfare groups.
Thanks to the amazing support of our community and the hard work of our Board of Directors, dedicated staff, volunteers and partners, we are able to maintain a life-saving rate of 95%. We work hard to serve the people and pets in our community and are honored to have been recognized as the Best Animal Shelter in Reno and Carson City by the Reno Gazette Journal, Reno News & Review and the Nevada Appeal.
Saving Pet Lives
We are the only hope for many of the animals that come into our care. The only time we ever euthanize an animal is when they are too sick or injured to have a reasonable quality of life, or they are a danger to people or other animals. We never euthanize for time or space, which means that we do everything possible to help each and every animal that comes into our care. This work is not easy, but when we are able to save the life of a pet in need who was abandoned, injured, abused or mistreated in any way, it makes it worth every tear and challenge our team has to go through to save their life and find them a happy home.
The video below is one of our all-time favorite rescue stories about a puppy who is so resilient despite the neglect he endured that he gives us all hope and motivation to continue our life-saving work each and every day.
We are recognized as a leader in animal sheltering and stewardship and are considered a national model, educating shelters everywhere on life-saving practices. We are a charitable, 501(c)3, non-profit organization and our Federal Tax ID is 88-0072720.