Maddie's Pet Project


6 pawsome gift ideas for the dog lover in your life
At our house, dogs always get presents at Christmas. They probably love ripping open the packaging more than the present itself, but what can you do?
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Are pets OK as gifts? Sure, with common sense
With the holidays coming up, some animal groups will be promoting pets as great gifts while other places will say this should never be done. These contradictory messages can be confusing.
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It takes a village to help Nevada’s pets
It takes a village. This statement couldn’t be truer for people and pets alike, especially this time of year, as people are more focused on giving back and coming together. It’s also appropriate as Maddie’s Pet Project in Nevada is wrapping up five big events that brought communities together — events that helped elevate the status of dogs and cats and raise awareness that we’re doing something big in Nevada.
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Saving Lives at Washoe County’s Largest Nonprofit Animal Shelter: An Interview with Greg Hall of Nevada Humane Society
Greg Hall recently took the helm of Nevada Humane Society (NHS) as its CEO. I had a chance to catch up with him and ask him about his goals and plans.
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Spay/neuter of 142 pets Wadsworth shows need in outlying areas
Vinton Hawley commented that he sees stray dogs and cats roaming around Nixon, Wadsworth and Sutcliffe. They are three communities inside the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe’s reservation where Hawley is chairman.
“We look forward to a big turnout,” Vinton Hawley said before a free spay/neuter clinic Oct. 12-13 in Wadsworth for the tribe’s members. The turnout, indeed, was big. People were lined up outside the clinic’s doors that first day, and it only got busier the next day.
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Facial recognition technology could save your lost pet Facial recognition technology for dogs and cats may sound far-fetched, but it’s a reality now and in use in Nevada’s major metro areas.
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Does your dog feel guilt for being naughty?
There are many myths about dogs but I think one of the most common is that dogs know when they have done something “wrong” and show guilt when they are confronted about a misdeed that happened in the past.
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Kids, Two and Four-Legged Alike
Kids and pets are a natural combination, but there are also some things you can do to help ensure that the relationship is rewarding and safe for both parties. Even if you don’t have a pet or children, basic skills for kids and pets interacting are important.
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Q&A: Litter Box Woes
•  Question: My cat is no longer using the litterbox. What do I do?
•  Answer: This is an important problem to know how to solve because some people “solve” it by taking the cat to the nearest shelter, which will have a hard time finding a new home for a cat labeled as having litterbox issues. This is best corrected in the cat’s current home. A vet visit may be needed, but here are five things you might consider first.
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Nevadans Love Cats and Dogs
I sat with a national expert for veterinary issues recently going over 2018 survey results about Nevadans and pets. He was astonished at the answers on where we get our cats and dogs.
“Those are way above the national average,” said Mark Cushing, a Veterinary Innovation Council board member.
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Older Pets Give and Need Love
When I first noticed Mogli, I was not looking for a cat to adopt, but I was drawn to this happy gentleman with his old battle scars. Mogli, it seems, spent most of his 10 years on the streets of Sparks, but most older dogs and cats arrive at a shelter after years of a comfortable life with a person they loved. The reasons vary, but often they are there because their person has either passed away or can no longer care for them.
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Cat Lounge Comes to Reno
A Cat Lounge in Reno? Yes, please! For the past few years, cat cafes have been popping up across the country. It’s unique because not only does it promote aspiring entrepreneurs, but it offers a place for homeless cats until they find a loving family of their own. A personal fan, I’ve been following several cat cafes and enjoy watching their success—so will Reno embrace the trend?
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How to protect your pet for July 4th
One of our goals at Maddie's® Pet Project in Nevada is to keep pets out of shelters and in their existing homes—and July 4th is perhaps the riskiest day of the year for them to escape because of stress brought on by fireworks and their loud noises.
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Kitten covered in Liquid Nails gets help thanks to Nevada connections
An elder in the Yerington Paiute Tribe found a kitten underneath her house last week covered in Liquid Nails and an infection on top of that.
Animal control officer Tommy Guttierez contacted Maddie's® Pet Project in Nevada about finding someplace that could help the kitten. We found an organization that agreed to provide veterinary care: Nevada Humane Society.
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Inspiration at the First Saving Nevada’s Pets Conference
For people in animal welfare, time for networking with peers can be hard to find. So we were pleased that more than 70 people from across Nevada and five invited speakers joined us June 5 for the first Saving Nevada’s Pets Conference in Las Vegas. Top leadership of the state’s largest humane societies and SPCAs, as well as directors and managers of animal services agencies, nonprofit spay/neuter clinics, rescues, and TNR groups large and small, came together from across the state for a day of networking and inspiration.
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Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days locations
Animal shelters and pet rescues all over Nevada will offer free pet adoptions for dogs and cats Friday and Saturday April 27-28.
The event is sponsored by Maddie’s® Pet Project in Nevada and made possible by Maddie's Fund® and the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation. It’s part of Maddie’s® Pet Project’s goal to increase the chances that cats and dogs in Nevada shelters will find good homes.
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Governor Sandoval proclaims April 26 to be Maddie’s Day
Gov. Brian Sandoval has proclaimed April 26 to be Maddie’s Day at a ceremony at Nevada Humane Society in Reno.

The proclamation kicks off a two-day event starting Friday called Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days that features free cat and dog adoptions from shelters and rescue groups across the state.
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Nevada shelters team up to find homes for 49 cats, 6 rabbits with transport to Reno
When animal lovers work together, there is not much that they cannot accomplish. This is one of the underlying beliefs of Maddie’s Pet Project in Nevada. So when we spoke to the team at The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas, the largest animal shelter in Nevada, and they said they could use help with cat placement we made a connection with Nevada Humane Society in Reno. There are times of the year where shelters in Washoe County are low on cats, and they were happy to help out.
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Connecting human and pet health at Las Vegas event
Making sure Nevadans have access to veterinary care for their pets in underserved areas is one way Maddie's® Pet Project in Nevada is creating a safety net for cats and dogs.

To do this, we are connecting animal welfare groups with human services organizations. These partnerships may take place in rural, tribal, or low-income urban areas within Nevada.
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