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WCRAS - Washoe County Regional Animal Services


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Washoe County Regional Animal Services (WCRAS) is a regional operation providing services to the cities of Reno, Sparks and unincorporated Washoe County residents. WCRAS is funded by a .03 cent per $100.00 of assessed property value for our regional services, including the building and property maintenance. WCRAS focuses on animal welfare and public health, through sheltering, field services and regulation enforcement and proactive outreach programs that support responsible pet ownership and pet retention.


MISSION

Promoting responsible care of animals through education, proactive outreach and regulation making Washoe County a safe community.


Mailing Address:
2825 Longley Lane, Suite A
Reno, NV 89502

Call Us: 775-353-8900

Email Us: [email protected]

Do you need to find a loving home for your pet?

No-kill shelters do wonderful work, but as a result, are often inundated with pet surrenders. In the unfortunate scenario that you have to find a new home for your pet, please read through the rehoming solution and articles on this page before contacting the shelter.

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Medical and Behavior Programs
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Volunteers
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Proactive Redemptions
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A Compassionate Director
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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Our puppy was kidnapped by these people 6 months after he allegedly bit a neighbors dog after provocation while on our own property. They never proved anything at all, simply took him based on a allegation 6 months after the alleged fact. They intimidated my girlfriend at an administrative hearing to find him dangerous and then taunted us to try to appeal the decision, admitting that they've never seen an appeal prevail, ever. They kept our puppy in solitary confinement and took away his blanket while he withered away on dangerous dog row for several months while we worked our way through the Court system, only to have our case thrown out on a technicality. They then murdered our poor puppy after refusing to allow a family friend to adopt him. These monsters should not be listed on this list, they're racist against pit bulls and offered no training or remediation of alternatives except to put our puppy in a cage 24/7, muzzle him while out of his cage, required a quarter million dollar bond with WCRAS as the beneficiary, and would have required us to waive our right to protection from unwarranted searches of our home indefinitely...along with other stipulations. They also claimed to be exempt from lawsuits, and when we tried to serve a notice to their director Shyanne Schull, they pretended they didn't know who she was. Shyanne schull is a cold-hearted charlatan hellbent on murdering puppies. When faced with the unlawful actions of her organization, she refused responsibility, hid behind a computer screen autoresponder to excuse her nonresponse until after deadlines had passed, and obstructed justice which led to the murder of our puppy for unproven allegations and illegal impoundment.
posted by Toby “Effin” Tenacious, on 2022-10-13 03:32:58