We create families

SPCA of Northern Nevada is a non-profit organization supported by individual donations, program fees, thrift store proceeds, foundation grants, and special events. We are not affiliated with any other SPCA, nor do we receive funding from the ASPCA or any government entities. What you give matters!

Ways to Give

Our Animal Welfare Coalition

SPCA of Northern Nevada’s top priority is helping pets in need. We are, and will continue to be, a strong advocate for animal welfare in our community. We believe that maintaining the highest standards and best practices in managing our clinic and adoption center are critically important, and we strive to achieve that goal every day.

We are a wholly independent organization. We are not directly affiliated with any other SPCA, the national ASPCA, nor any other animal welfare organizations. Please explore our website for more information on our adoptions and community programs. You can also learn more about us on Guidestar.com.

We are part of a robust northern Nevada animal welfare coalition for the benefit of pets in need. Our coalition believes in the highest standards in animal welfare. If a coalition partner is over capacity, then we welcome them to contact us directly to arrange a transfer of pets to our Adoption Center: admissions@spcanevada.com.

Please understand that we are unable to comment directly on the operations of other organizations. Please send all such questions directly to the organization you’re interested in learning more about. Please direct all SPCA-NN related questions directly to our organization: info@spcanevada.org.

We welcome your questions and enjoy the opportunity to continue improving our communication and transparency, but we ask that you please keep your comments kind. We are hard working, trained, professional humans who dedicate our lives to helping pets in need. We have feelings and our work is difficult and highly emotional. Please respect us as we certainly respect you. We assure you we wake up every day determined to serve our pets and incredible community!


In 1997, a small group of volunteers, motivated by the unnecessary deaths of thousands of adoptable pets in our local shelters, decided that Washoe County was in need of a new type of animal rescue facility — a facility dedicated to giving the dogs and cats at our municipal animal control shelter a second chance at life before their time ran out.

Originally founded as the “Reno SPCA,” this new charitable organization began its work by taking dogs and cats from the Reno Animal Services shelter to off-site adoption locations every weekend, successfully placing over 700 pets in new homes during that first year.

In 1998, the SPCA began leasing a shelter center on Fifth Street, establishing Reno/Sparks’ very first no-kill animal center. At that time, the first paid staff positions were created, although volunteers continued to make a crucial contribution. From that humble beginning, the newly renamed “SPCA of Northern Nevada” continued to grow, going on to rescue and re-home over 20,000 pets in our community.

The SPCA moved into the Stanley James Walker Pet Care & Adoption Center located at 4950 Spectrum Blvd in June, 2011.

Are you a "no kill" shelter?

The answer is YES. We will place every healthy or treatable, and safe pet. Period.

Most importantly, we are pro-pet and people! We offer daily enrichment to our animals, use training partnerships and behavior modification training when needed to get them ready for adoption, and work our tails off to find them loving homes.

We are dedicated to humane treatment of the pets in our care even when that means making appropriate, humane euthanasia decisions. If they’re suffering, or a danger to our community, then we lovingly guide them over the rainbow bridge.

Let’s remember that compassionate euthanasia is a gift, and every decision must consider the welfare of the individual animal.

Like most catch phrases, the term “no kill” has limitations. For a more in-depth look at current issues in the U.S. shelter overpopulation movement, click on the button below!

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Founded in 1998 to save homeless pets in Northern Nevada.

First local center to focus on rescuing dogs and cats at risk for euthanasia.

We have been responsible for helping to spay and neuter thousands of animals.

We’ve found loving homes for over 20,000 dogs and cats.

Built dozens of partnerships across northern Nevada to facilitate pet rescue and the distribution of spay-neuter assistance.

Operate ongoing affordable vaccination and microchip clinics for the public.

Provide the public with over 16,500 hours of volunteer opportunities annually.

Our Foster Program is supported by volunteers who lovingly care for their temporary roommates until they’re ready for adoption.

Community Impact Report

We continually collaborate with our community in lots of ways to make positive impacts beyond our adoption center walls.

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Board of Directors

A volunteer board of directors governs our 501(c)(3) Nevada nonprofit organization. It oversees an annual operating budget of approximately $2 million. Our board is committed to leading our organization and shares in our mission to create families, and in our vision to save and improve lives.

Meet the board

Staff Leadership

Our executive and front-line teams work tirelessly to create families, and sustain our vision to save and improve lives. We are dedicated to teaching staff sheltering best practices, and engaging in professional development to benefit our animals.

Meet the team