The only thing crazier than buying a pet from a breeder is trying to drive over Brockway Summit during the holidays. I was prepared. I left Truckee with chains, a shovel, and a bag of Snausages Dog Snacks and headed towards Incline Village to check out the Pet Network Humane Society.

Pet Network opened its shelter in 2001. Since then, they have adopted more than 10,000 animals. Along with finding homes for pets in need, Pet Network provides affordable spay and neuter surgeries, and partners with local schools to educate kids on bite prevention, dog training, and the importance of spaying and neutering your pets. Pet Network works with shelters in California, Nevada, and Mexico to rescue animals that otherwise would be euthanized. My favorite Pet Network statistic: 98 percent of the animals at the Pet Network shelter were saved from euthanasia.

While you might think the shelter is full of problem animals, nothing could be further from the truth. While there are challenges, the shelter has a variety of good looking, healthy dogs and cats for potential adopters to choose from. I really liked a Shepard mix named Jasmine and a scruffy Jack Russell Terrier named Buddy. While the selection of dogs was excellent, we chose to spend much of our time with the cats.

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We like ginger kitties, dogs, and people at my house, and Pet Network has an adorable guy named Haden who is ready to warm your lap. Haden is about a year old and is available for adoption now. If gingers aren’t your thing, Howie is another purrfect choice. He is also about a year old. Both these kitties were friendly and playful.

While we are partial to all things ginger, we also love older cats. With kittens getting much of the attention at shelters, Pet Network has come up with a way to change that. All cats over the age of 2 are half price in January. If you have the room why not adopt two for the price of one?

Pet Network relies on donations to meet its mission. The 15-year-old shelter will soon be undergoing renovation, and donations are always needed. There are even naming opportunities available.

In addition to financial assistance, Pet Network is always in need of volunteers. The shelter has many opportunities and is currently in need of dog walkers and folks to spend time with the cats. Expand your network and stop by the shelter today.

For more information on Pet Network, visit petnetwork.org.

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