Programs and Community Services

DAWG initiates programs and services to help the community with the care of their pets. It is DAWG’s belief that such assistance may reduce the shelter animal population with special spay and neuter programs or short term assistance. These services and programs may be long or short term at DAWG’s discretion and funds available.

finalprogramandservicesCOMMUNITY ASSISTANCE: DAWG’s Community Assistance (CA) program helps primarily low-income Douglas County residents keep their pets healthy by assisting with the cost of veterinary and other care.  For more information contact DAWG (775) 901-9596.

FIX-A-FAMILY PET: Get household family cats or dogs spayed/neutered. Program for qualified low income Douglas County residents. Low co-pay vouchers for spay/neuter. Low income criteria required (Medicaid, unemployment, food stamps, NV checkup, low income housing, wage stub, WIC, reduced/free school lunches, income tax return, social security or disability). For Douglas County residents only. Proof of residency is required. Vouchers accepted at Carson Valley Vet, Quail Ridge Animal Hospital and Animal Medical Services. Call (775) 364-0320 for more information and to obtain an application. Sponsored partially by a grant from the Douglas County Commissioners!

FIX-A-PIT BULL: Get your household family Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix spayed/neutered through DAWG's voucher program. Cost is $25 per dog male or female. Voucher cost includes spay/neuter. No low income criteria required. Proof of Douglas County residency required. Visual verification of breed required. Call (775) 392-2295 for more information and to obtain an application.    

FOSTER A DOG OR CAT! Be a foster parent and get the love and companionship of having a pet in your home without the financial burdens. Learn more about becoming a foster parent. For more information, please call DAWG (775) 267-7325.

FOUND CAT PROGRAM: Currently, there are cats turned away from the shelter due to lack of space. Unfortunately, some individuals, trying to do the right thing by bringing found cats/kittens to the animal shelter, are unable to surrender them right away. This program arranges for short-term care of found stray domestic cats/kittens (not feral) pending admission to Douglas County Animal Care and Services when these people are unable to take temporary custody of the cat/kitten.  

SOS - (SHELTER OPEN SUNDAYS): DAWG volunteers are available to assist with adoptions only at DCACS on Sunday's from 11:00 - 3:00. 

TnR: TRAP NEUTER/SPAY RETURN (FERAL CATS): Get your free roaming and feral cats spayed/neutered FREE through DAWG's TnR program. To qualify you must be a Douglas County resident and the cats must reside in Douglas County. You can borrow traps and learn tips/tricks for trapping at Douglas County Animal Care and Services located at 921 Pinenut Road in Gardnerville. No limit to number of cats. Cats will also receive their rabies shot and tipped ear to easily identify them as fixed during spay/neuter process. Please call (775) 782-9061 to learn more and get on the list to participate in TnR. 

VETERANS ADOPTION ASSISTANCE: Military veterans who can provide either a VA card or honorable military discharge/separation papers can receive assistance for spay and neuter costs associated with adopting an animal from Douglas County Animal Care and Services. For more information, contact DAWG at (775) 267-7325.