Animals Accepted By Appointment Only
To help save community animals at this time of greatest need, please do not surrender your companion animals from your care and custody unless you have an emergency. If so, please call us at 702-873-SPCA (7722). We will do all we can to help you directly or guide you to the safest possible solutions for the animals.
Before Deciding To Surrender An Animal ...
The animal in your home and care, who unconditionally loves you, is dependent on and attached to you. Before deciding to surrender him or her to a shelter or rescue organization, you owe this animal to take every reasonable step to overcome any problems facing him or her remaining with you.
Southern Nevada is in the midst of its worst overpopulation crisis ever. We often receive more than 150 requests daily to take in new animals. We wish we could rescue each one, but our space and resources are limited, despite several recent expansions.
Below are just some of the reasonable steps you should take, any of which possibly may solve the dilemma that is now threatening your animal's home and life:
- For either medical or behavioral issues, please consult with your veterinarian for guidance. Good veterinarians every day help their clients effectively handle medical and behavioral problems.
- Consult with a dog trainer or other animal professional for guidance. If your dog needs obedience training, there are many good programs in our community at reasonable cost, including low-cost programs at neighborhood pet marts. Your veterinarian, friends, and our headquarters can recommend other options too.
- If you need temporary or long-term boarding, there are many options in our community. There are boarding facilities with a wide range of prices, and many veterinary clinics and hospitals now offer short-term and long-term boarding too.
- If you are moving, it is now relatively easy to safely transport animals to your new home. Please do not surrender an animal just because you think it is a hassle to transport him or her to a new location.
- If you are moving to a new apartment, it is not difficult to find apartment communities that allow companion animals. Before signing a new lease, ensure that your animal(s) will be welcome, or look for new housing!
- For general information on animal care and behavior, you can do research yourself too. The world wide web features a plethora of web sites with free information on animal care and behavioral tips. You can begin internet searches even at the pet care web sites featured on the primary directories (such as Yahoo, Google or Bing) and get more specialized from there. In addition to the internet, free resources are also available at local libraries. Low-cost books and guides are available at bookstores and department stores.
In conclusion, your animal needs you! Please rise to the challenges so that your family can remain intact, human and companion animal. Many people seem to decide to discard an animal in a fit of rage or frustration, robbing their companion animal of the thought and care which they require. Please make your final decision carefully, exhausting all reasonable steps. His or her life may very well depend on you!