The SPCA is Reno’s original no-kill animal center. Our mission is to be an innovative regional leader in responsible treatment of homeless dogs and cats, primarily through their rescue and placement in forever loving homes and by promoting spaying and neutering to control pet overpopulation. The SPCA of Northern Nevada receives no tax dollars or funding from any national organization. We rely totally on the local community to support our life-saving programs.
In 1997, a small group of volunteers, motivated by the unnecessary deaths of thousands of adoptable pets in our local shelters, recognized that Washoe County needed 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, eventually placing over 700 pets in new homes during that first year. Then, 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, eventually rescuing and re-homing 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.
Through these first 18 years, the SPCA has always remained faithful to these core principles: