Maddie's Pet Project

Lovelock Dogs Get Needed Care

Forty-five dogs from Lovelock, where no veterinary services exist, were transported recently to the Nevada Humane Society clinic in Reno to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped.

The effort was part of Maddie's® Pet Project in Nevada’s efforts to improve access to veterinary care for those living in rural parts of the state. It was a collaboration with the Pershing County Cooperative Extension and Nevada Humane Society.

Lovelock local Tia Happy brought her dog Apollo to our rendezvous point at the Pershing County Community Center. “He was scared at first to go with strangers but the team involved took good care of him. The surgery was a success and within days after, Apollo is back a happy, healthy and now-neutered dog,” she reported.

A van, provided by Nevada Humane Society and driven by Maddie’s® Pet Project in Nevada staff, transported the 45 dogs to the clinic over two days in mid-January.

Dixie McKay, who works for the Pershing County Cooperative Extension and helped organized the transport, said the event went smoothly. “Everyone was organized, knew what they were doing and were helpful, friendly, and patient,” she said. “New friendships were made, and it's just great working people who are working toward the same goal with enthusiasm.”

The effort was made possible by a generous donation from the Lake Tahoe, Nevada-based Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation with support from Maddie's Fund®.