Last Wednesday, Nye County and Town of Pahrump officials were joined by shelter staff and community animal lovers for a celebration marking the grand opening of the new Nye County Animal Shelter, which was was completed this summer and is now open to the public.
Nye County Animal Shelter Director Tasha Crabtree led the ceremony, gathering attendees on the steps in front of the shelter for the official inauguration.
“Thank you all for joining us, I truly appreciate you celebrating this monumental moment. It is truly exciting that we are able to open the Nye County Animal Shelter and have this resource for the community… Let’s cut that ribbon!” enthused Crabtree.
The ribbon-cutting scissors sparked an eruption of cheers and applause before everyone eagerly headed inside for a first-hand look at the state-of-the-art facility.
“The grand opening was a great success,” Crabtree told the Pahrump Valley Times after the event wrapped. “It was wonderful to welcome the community to the new building and introduce them to our animals.”
While offering tours of the facility to residents was the focus of the celebration, so was arranging adoptions between attendees and pets looking for their forever homes. Crabtree was delighted to report that shelter staff were able to find loving families for four dogs, but of course there are always more animals that need an owner to call their own.
“We currently have approximately 25 dogs available and 10 cats available,” Crabtree detailed. She and her staff are optimistic that many of these shelter residents will soon be adopted, and one of the efforts they are undertaking to help achieve this goal is attending a Clear the Shelters event.
“We’re hoping to ‘clear the shelter’ this Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.,” Crabtree explained. “All modified animals over the age of six months will have their adoption fees waived, meaning they will be free for approved adopters!”
Building and operating the new shelter was long and difficult, and Crabtree was quick to recognize those whose efforts played a major role in the project.
“I am extremely grateful to the staff at our shelter, Joe, Jim, Kat, Olive and Gilbert, the administrators, and the wonderful Nye County Buildings and Grounds Departments and IT Services who have put in so much hard work and d elbow grease to get things done and run,” Crabtree said. “I want to express my greatest gratitude to our volunteers, as they are always so eager to participate and help. We couldn’t have done this without you!
“Thank you to our dedicated community rescue and veterinarian partners who have helped us more than ever: Tails of Nye County; Never Forgotten Animal Society; NSPCA; Southern Nevada Sterilization and Neutralization Center; Heaven can wait; and All Creatures Animal Hospital,” Crabtree continued. “Finally, a sincere thank you to Commissioner Frank Carbone, County Executive Tim Sutton, Sheriff Sharon Wehrly and Captain David Boruchowitz for their continued support of the shelter and their dedication to animal welfare.”
The Nye County Animal Shelter is located at 1580 E. Siri Lane. For more information, call 775-751-7020.
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