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

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Despite our unwavering efforts, Reno Iron Works (RIW) still plans to move forward with construction of their metal fabrication plant next to the SPCA of Northern Nevada (SPCA-NN) adoption center. 

As animal welfare experts, we believe this project is detrimental to our existing facility and sheltering operations. The impacts from the initial grading (the flattening of an existing 70 ft hill adjacent to SPCA-NN); construction of the 40,000 sq ft metal fabrication facility and accompanying parking lot; semi-truck bays; building pad for future expansion; and the eventual daily operations of their facility will negatively impact the homeless pets in our care as well as our operations. 

We have exhausted all other efforts to remedy this, including objection at the Planning Commission hearing (voted 3-2 in favor of the project), and appealing that decision to the City Council (voted 4-3 to deny our appeal).

 This project is blatantly incompatible with our existing operations and will harm the pets in our care, and we have now retained an excellent attorney and filed a Petition for Judicial Review of the City Council’s erroneous decision. We have a strong case focused on two primary issues: (1) SPCA-NN did not receive the legally required notice of the project; and (2) the City of Reno failed to prove that the grading permit request and resulting project are compatible with SPCA-NN’s existing use.

We have gone above and beyond to find a mutually beneficial compromise with RIW, including successfully working with them to find an acceptable alternative property. Unfortunately, they’ve decided that mere convenience outweighs the health and safety of our homeless pets and our mission. We have no choice but to hold the City of Reno and RIW accountable for not following the law when they granted the master site plan review project request.

While we take no pleasure in this fight, our job is to advocate for the health and safety of our homeless pets. We must pursue every reasonable avenue to do so.

You can review the City of Reno Staff Report under Agenda Item I-A here.

You can review SPCA-NN’s Petition for Judicial Review here.

Thank you for your continued support to save and improve the lives of pets in need!

 SPCA of Northern Nevada

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: 

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.