Henderson, Nev. – The City of Henderson’s Animal Care and Control Facility achieved a significant accomplishment … again. By attaining a save rate of 91.7% (a slight increase over 2018), the facility may rightfully claim recognition as a “no-kill” shelter two years in a row. (Per national shelter standards, the term “no-kill’ signals a shelter’s success in keeping its average live-exit rate during the last year above 90%.)
Of the 4,492 animals brought to the shelter in 2019, 853 were returned to their owners (a 12.25% increase) and 2,277 were adopted into “forever” homes; an additional 46 were released to the care of rescue organizations. Again, this year, no animals were euthanized due to lack of space at the shelter.
Factors that led to an increase in shelter adoptions include adoption events and other adoption incentives, traditional media coverage, social media, and collateral distribution.
The Animal Care and Control Facility, which is an open-admission shelter for Henderson residents (no animal is turned away), saw a 3% increase in shelter intake, a satisfactory number compared to the City’s rapidly growing population. This number has been mitigated by the increased returns of pets to owners through microchipping and licensing; providing education, behavior resources and rescue information to owners as alternatives to surrendering their pets; offering new adoptees classes through the Henderson Parks and Recreation Department; and continued enforcement of the City’s mandatory spay/neuter law.
Shelter staff, Animal Control officers and volunteers participated in the 2019 Spring Into Adoptions, Clear the Shelters and Home for the Holidays events as well as four PetSmart weekend events and other offsite adoption events, all of which helped boost adoption rates. Most importantly, people who care about the animals at the City of Henderson Animal Care and Control Facility increased the facility’s visibility via the shelter’s social media sites and word of mouth.
The facility’s more than 80 regular volunteers contributed to its success in 2019. They logged approximately 12,000 hours last year in support of the shelter, and assist in nearly every area of operations, including greeting customers and facilitating adoptions, and providing exercise, grooming and socialization to cats, dogs and rabbits. Their daily work with the animals improved behaviors and adoptability.
“The City of Henderson Animal Care and Control staff realize that our no-kill status in 2018 and 2019 is a huge accomplishment,” said Danielle Harney, Animal Control administrator. “This success builds on Henderson’s continued efforts to make our City more humane for pets, and we thank the community for saving the lives of our shelter pets.
“Our shelter is staffed by professionals and volunteers who are working hard, who have compassion, and who will act with integrity to maintain a low-kill status. We know that by educating the community and working with the community and animal rescue groups, we can provide the best possible outcome for animals in the City of Henderson."
To adopt a pet from the Henderson shelter, the public need only fill out an adoption application and pay a fee based on species: $90 for dogs, $80 for cats and $35 for rabbits. Adoption fees include routine vaccinations, spay or neuter surgery, microchip ID and registration, and a rabies tag or Henderson license, depending on where the new owner lives.
The Shelter is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday (closed holidays) and located at 300 E. Galleria Dr. (east of Boulder Highway, near the Bird Viewing Preserve).
For more information about pet adoptions, call 702-267-4970 or visit cityofhenderson.com. Follow City of Henderson Animal Care and Control on Facebook and Instagram.