The SPCA of Northern Nevada

Hometown Health is proud to be the health insurance provider for the dedicated employees of the SPCA of Northern Nevada.

The Stanley James Walker Pet Care and Adoption Center houses up to 60 dogs and 100 cats at a time. Every animal that adopted by the public is spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, and microchipped for permanent identification at our clinic. All cats are tested for FELV/FIV.

Quick Facts About the SPCA of Northern Nevada

  • Northern Nevada’s first no-kill animal shelter
  • We make a lifetime commitment to every animal we shelter
  • Our staff is highly trained and committed to providing the best experience to the community
  • We are privately funded and can be selective about the animals we bring into the shelter
  • Found forever loving homes for over 20,000 dogs and cats

Visit the SPCA of Northern Nevada website to learn more!

The Dangers of Leaving a Dog in a Hot Car

By: Rebecca Thompson Programs Coordinator

Once again the time for tank-tops, shorts and bathing suits is upon us, and you know what that means: cars left out in the heat for extended periods of time. A vehicle alone poses no problem, but a hot car with a dog locked inside can be extremely problematic. Individuals may think that leaving Fido in the car would be perfectly alright for a few minutes as they run into the store, but did you know that it only takes 15 minutes for a dog to perish from heat stroke or suffer from brain damage? Dogs are extremely susceptible to the heat, their only defense being panting and sweating through the pads of their paws. This makes it particularly difficult for them to cool down effectively.

15 minutes may seem like a long time, but very rarely are we able to adequately guess how long our vehicle will be left unattended. There are many factors that can keep us away from our cars longer than anticipated such as long lines in grocery stores, unexpected conversations, or having to search around for the item you wish to purchase. Do not assume you will only be away from the car for a brief period of time, for it may come at the expense of your beloved dog. We have all had to spend at least some time in a hot car, imagine how much more helpless we would feel if we could not roll down a window or start the engine to cool it down.

When taking the weather into consideration it is prudent to bear in mind that the temperature outside is not equal to the temperature inside of your vehicle. The temperature within your car can raise up to a purported 40 degrees an hour, with much of that temperature increase occurring within the first half hour. Often times cracking a window or leaving the air conditioning running is not enough, the best decision would be to leave Fido at home where he can be both safe and comfortable.

Some of the best ways to prevent these type of tragedies is to research the laws in your area concerning leaving a dog in a hot car, gathering all of the appropriate contacts so that you may spring into action in case of an emergency, and ask local businesses to post signs encouraging owners not to leave their pets in hot cars. If you do come across a dog locked in a hot car we recommend taking down the make, model and license plate of the vehicle and call either the non-emergency number of the police, or your local animal control. Let each of us work hard this summer to remove all headlines concerning dogs perishing in hot cars from our daily news!

In Washoe County the best number to call when coming to the rescue of a dog trapped in a hot car is: (775)322-DOGS or (775)322-3647. This will directly connect you with the Washoe County Regional Animal Services.