The latest updates on the proposed ±40,000 square foot building construction project next to our adoption center

Saturday, May 7, 2022

This construction project is back before the Reno City Council on Wednesday, May 11th at 6:00 pm, and we need your help!

Despite overwhelming odds, SPCA-NN fulfilled its promise to find an appropriate alternative property in 30 days for the proposed industrial metal fabrication project within the requested price range.

But, Reno Iron Works has decided to move forward with the detrimental location right next to SPCA-NN’s Adoption Center.  

This proposed project will harm the vulnerable pets that we protect, house, and rehabilitate until we find them loving homes. Accordingly, we need to appear again before the Reno City Council on May 11th.

Please support us and the homeless pets in our care—they are counting on all of us to stand up for them! 


We are asking the Reno City Council to deny the Special Use Permit (SUP)*. Alternatively, if the City Council approves the SUP, then we are requesting that the SUP includes SPCA-NN’s reasonable and critical mitigations to protect thousands of homeless pets! 

*SUP stands for Special Use Permit, which is required for the proposed project to grade off the 60+ ft hill on our property line, and cut and fill in the dirt to build the 40,000 sqft. metal manufacturing building.

How can you help?

* Join us, and attend the upcoming City Council meeting, and voice your support for the SPCA’s position on Wednesday, May 11th at 6 pm at City Hall

* Login to the City Council public comment page and voice your opinion online here.

* Call your Ward City Council member and voice your support for the SPCA’s position- find your Council members contact info here.

The SPCA of Northern Nevada is calling on you to help us help homeless pets! See you on Tuesday!

Thursday, April 14, 2022

We need everyone’s HELP finding a new location for this project!

The Reno City Council held a public hearing on the ±40,000 square foot building proposed for construction next to our adoption center. The Council passed a 30-day continuance giving us until May 11th to work with longtime local gem, Reno Iron Works, to find a new location for this project.

Thank you all for supporting us with over fifty public comments and those who attended. We now have a chance to protect our pets and help Reno Iron Works. 

Now we desperately need everyone’s HELP so Reno Iron Works and the SPCA of Northern Nevada can survive and thrive! We are seeking an existing building (preferred for a shorter timeline) or buildable property with:

    • Appropriate zoning; 
    • 5 to 10 acres; 
    • Truck access and turnaround;
    • 20,000 to 30,000 sq. ft. of shop space;
    • 5,000 to 10,000 sp. ft. of office space;
    • 32-foot clear inside for moving cranes; and
    • A rail spur (a big plus but not required). 

Bill Pelter, owner of Reno Iron Works and the proud parent of a beloved rescue dog, wants to work with us to find an industrial building or industrial-zoned land where he can move his business. 

Reno Iron Works has been a local institution for over 100 years. Now, with their building under new ownership, they need to relocate to save their business and the jobs of 50 employees.

This is why we are asking for your help, so that Reno Iron Works can continue doing business and providing jobs in our community, and we can continue saving and improving the lives of pets. Bill’s business and our adoption center are simply incompatible as neighbors. 

As we receive more details, we will share updates on this page. Please, reach out to your friends, family, and neighbors- especially those in commercial real estate- to help us find the right location for Reno Iron Works.

Monday, April 11, 2022

Please Help Us Protect Pets in Our Care

We recently learned about a proposed construction project for a ±40,000 square foot industrial manufacturing building next to our SPCA-NN adoption center. This large, metal fabrication project requires hillside development and significant cuts and fills.

How this will impact our pets, and operations, remains unclear. We are actively seeking additional details, and ask for your support as we work with the Project Applicant, the City of Reno, and our community to protect our precious pets.

To learn more about the proposed project, click here (item I.2 on page 7).

Please help us by expressing your support for the SPCA-NN and the animals in our care.

How you can help: 

  • Submit an online public comment form at Reno.Gov/PublicComment 
  • Send an email to
  • Join us at the Reno City Council public hearing this Wednesday, April 13 at 6 p.m.
  • Attend the meeting via Zoom using this link, and provide a public comment.

Our questions include:

  1. How much noise and dust will construction and day-to-day operations generate? What types of noise generation will occur? How will the noise generation be mitigated so as not to negatively impact the health and well-being of homeless pets in our care? 
  2. Will we be given notice of all matters potentially affecting our operations?
  3. What is the construction timeline?
  4. How will this project affect the safety of our pets, staff, and customers? Will the City of Reno provide solutions to our safety concerns?

Thank you for showing up however you can to protect our precious pets.