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Nevada Humane Society asks for help

By Kylie Masznicz

During this period of social distancing and isolation, there’s always one thing that can make almost anyone feel happier: animals.

The Nevada Humane Society is reaching out to the community for help to place as many shelter animals in homes as possible should they have to close operations due to COVID-19.

The first way to help out is to adopt a new pet. Practicing social distancing can be lonely, but it can be a great time to train a new friend. Adoption fees on all pets are 50 percent off as of March 17. Adopting these animals will not only provide comfort for you and them, but also prevent the risk of over-crowding in the shelters should the staffing need to be constrained.

The second way to help is to volunteer as an emergency foster. If the shelter does reach critical capacity, an emergency foster will be called and asked to momentarily house a pet. To become an emergency foster home, email [email protected] with the following information: first and last name, phone number, types of pets already living in your home, ages of children living in your home, type of home, and whether or not you have a yard.

If you are unable to adopt or foster, you can still help out by donating. 

The Nevada Humane Society has implemented some changes to ensure safety for those picking up new pets. There are hand sanitizing stations scattered throughout the shelter, social distancing practices are being followed by staff, and communal surfaces (like door handles and counters) are sanitized hourly.

There has been no evidence that dogs or cats can be infected with COVID-19, so there’s no need to worry about fur friends carrying the disease. Pets can also help alleviate stress or anxiety and bring companionship.

For more information, visit: https://nevadahumanesociety.org/covid-19-response/.

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