About DAWG


DAWG’s Mission Statement

To better the lives of Douglas County animals by improving their adoptability and thereby increasing the adoption rate while at Douglas County Animal Care and Services, educating the community about responsible pet ownership and engaging in other projects and activities that may come available that will yield positive benefits to the animals, owners and citizens.

What is DAWG all about?

DAWG is a non-profit group of dedicated volunteers and members who rely entirely on donations, membership dues, grants, fund-raising events and recycling programs to fund the goals of its Mission Statement.

DAWG supports Douglas County animals. For shelter animals at DCACS, we offer assistance for some spay and neuter, medical emergencies and health problems. In addition, we pay for training, special diets, treats and canned pet foods, and microchip the shelter dogs and cats. We also use funds to improve the shelter’s kennels, bedding, exercise areas, and have provided separate housing for cats and kittens. 

DAWG Active Volunteers visit the dogs and cats at the shelter 365 days a year, including holidays when the shelter is closed to the public. We exercise and walk them, give affection, grooming, training, and praise. The time we spend with them gives us information about their behavior which we share with potential adopters.

DAWG facilitates the adoption of the dogs and cats through special adoption events, our website, Facebook, and through newspaper advertising.

DAWG assists Douglas County residents through our Community Outreach programs such as Fix-A-Family Pet (low-cost spay and neuter), Fix a Pit Bull, Foster, Found Cat, TnR - Trap/Neuter/Spay/Return (helps to control the population of "Community Cats" also known as feral cats), Community Assistance (provides medical help for the pets of Douglas residents in need), and Veterans Adoption Assistance.

DAWG also educates the community about responsible pet ownership. We provide speakers to community groups and events as well as printed educational materials.

DAWG supports the Douglas County animal community in so many ways that, often, the public mistakenly thinks we are the animal shelter. 



2017 Record Courier 1st Place Winner for "Best Sercuce Club/Organization"

2017 Record Courier 3rd Place Winner for "Best Non-Profit Organization"

2016 Record Courier 2nd Place Winner for "Best Service Club/Organization"

2016 Record Courier 2nd Place Winner for "Best Non-Profit Organization"

2015 Record Courier 2nd Place Winner for "Best Service Club/Organization"

2015 Record Courier 3rd Place Winner for "Best Non-Profit Organization"

2006 Service Club of the Year Award

2005 Nevada Appeal Organization of the Year Award

Congratulation letters: Former Gov. Kenny Guinn (deceased), Former Sen. John Ensign, and Former Assemblyman Len Hettrick.


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