Maddie's Pet Project

Almost 1,000 cats and dogs adopted out across Nevada in 2 days

Almost 1,000 cats and dogs were adopted out across Nevada this past weekend.

Forty-one shelters and rescue groups made it happen as part of a free-adoption event organized by Maddie's® Pet Project in Nevada, a new three-year campaign aimed at helping more homeless cats and dogs find good homes and creating a safety net for pets by improving access to veterinary care in the Silver State.

Updated final numbers show 654 dogs and 304 cats were adopted as part of the event. Twenty-two other animals were also adopted: 10 rabbits, 5 guinea pigs, 4 ducks, 2 hamsters, and 1 snake.

Shelters and rescue groups participated in Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days in 12 communities, including Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Reno, Sparks, Silver Springs, Ely, Fallon, Fernley, Yerington, Boulder City, Henderson, and Pahrump. In order to enable shelters to waive adoption fees, Maddie’s Pet Project is awarding participating organizations $300 for each cat and dog adopted out April 27-28 to cover sheltering expenses.

Lyon County Animal Shelter in Silver Springs was one of many places surprised by the event’s popularity. “We were thrilled by the response,” said shelter supervisor Nicole Cates. “I had expected to adopt out 12 dogs, and instead we adopted out twice that many.”

Desert Haven Animal Society in Pahrump had 55 animals go to new homes.

"Our Maddie's Pet Adoption Day promotion at he Animal Foundation was incredible,” said Daniel Neel, chief financial and development officer at the Las Vegas shelter. “It helped to showcase the importance of adopting a new pet from the shelter and even brought people out to adopt some of our longest-term residents.”

The Animal Foundation adopted out 29 cats and 116 dogs during the event, including a dog named Xero who had been at the shelter for 334 days.

Jill Dobbs, executive director of the SPCA of Northern Nevada, said, “We loved interacting with so many people from our community who came to our adoption center for the event. It was inspiring to match 53 homeless pets with loving homes and watch the animals get their second chance at love.”

Nevada Humane Society adopted out 161 dogs and cats at the shelter’s Reno location and 18 in Carson City, plus seven other small animals.

“What an amazing experience,” said Carrie Brown, adoption manager at Nevada Humane Society. “I’m so glad to have been a part of it.”

The adoption event was made possible by Maddie’s Pet Project in Nevada thanks to funding from the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation and Maddie's Fund®. Their generosity is inspired by their miniature schnauzer Maddie, whose birthday was April 26. Gov. Brian Sandoval proclaimed it Maddie’s Day during a Reno ceremony, officially kicking off the three-year campaign.

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CAPTION: Brothers Kyren, Jaylen and Byren are excited to invite their new dog, Penny, into the family at The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas during Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days.