New year finds animal shelter full |

New year finds animal shelter full

Staff Reports

While the holidays brought happiness to many, it brought loneliness for dogs and cats at the Douglas County Animal Shelter, once again filled to capacity.

In an effort to find “forever homes” for the animals, Douglas Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) will hold a “New Year, New Best Friend” adoption event 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 7 at the shelter, 921 Pinenut Rd. in Gardnerville (across from the Douglas County Fairgrounds).

DAWG has implemented a new low-cost adoption program for cats and kittens.

The non-profit organization will cover most of the cost of spay and neuter surgeries, which results in much lower adoption fees for cats requiring spay or neuter.

President Tondra Vees said DAWG has been awarded a grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which will pay for spay and neuter procedures for dogs who meet certain criteria. Visit the shelter for details.

As a salute to those who have served in uniform, DAWG will pay the spay or neuter cost incurred for animals adopted by veterans with proper military discharge papers or Veterans Affairs card.

In its continuing effort to assist Douglas County Animal Services, DAWG is funding the installation of plumbing and electrical connections for a laundry facility at the shelter. DAWG will also purchase a dryer and utility sink.

Shelter supervisor Janet Duzan donated a washing machine.

For more information about DAWG, go online to