The SPCA of Northern Nevada Adoption Center

The Stanley James Walker Pet Care and Adoption Center houses up to 60 dogs and 100 cats at a time, and we have an active Foster Care program as well. Every animal that we adopt to the public is spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, and microchipped for permanent identification at our clinic. All cats are tested for FELV/FIV.

The SPCA Difference

  • Northern Nevada’s first no-kill animal shelter
  • First local shelter to focus on rescuing dogs and cats at risk for euthanasia from our municipal animal control facility
  • We are privately funded and can be selective about the animals we bring into the shelter
  • Found forever loving homes for over 20,000 dogs and cats
  • Provides the public with low-cost spay-neuter clinic. Through these programs we have been responsible for helping to spay and neuter thousands of animals over 16 years.
  • Built dozens of partnerships within our metropolitan area and across northern Nevada to facilitate pet rescue and the distribution of spay-neuter assistance
  • Operate ongoing low-cost vaccination and microchip clinics for the public
  • Provide the public with over 18,000 hours of volunteer opportunities annually
  • The SPCA Mobile Veterinary Clinic will help reach people all over northern Nevada who are unable to come to our shelter to get the treatment their animals need. The mobile clinic benefits thousands of people and animals in our community and is the only one of its kind in northern Nevada. The mobile clinic provides vaccinations, spay and neuter and microchipping services.
  • Maddie’s Play Yard is a new addition to the SPCA; the play yard allows the dogs to socialize with each other and run free in a large open space. This play yard has been instrumental for staff and volunteers to work with dogs on behavioral problems and get them ready for adoption.
  • The K9 Wing sponsored by Maddie’s Fund has helped to increase our adoptions and provide the necessary resources for animal rehabilitation and medical care.
  • Our Pit Bull program is designed to benefit both pets and people, by educating the public about the many wonderful qualities of the breed, promoting proper training, handling, and socialization, and matching our pits with appropriate, knowledgeable adopters.
  • Educating the public through our Humane Initiative Program
  • The first pet parade and event for dogs in northern Nevada by creating Paws on the Plaza each June in Sparks, Nevada
  • SPCA is the first and only animal shelter in northern Nevada to incorporate VacciCheck® testing protocol on its dogs. This veterinary diagnostic testing checks and protects all incoming shelter dogs as well as using the test from our new Mobile Veterinary Clinic. This test is designed to keep diseases at a minimum in our shelter.
  • We test all of our Felines for FELV/FIV
  • We provide increased individual attention to all of our animals and volunteers
  • Knowing the animals personally allows us to make the best possible match between animal and adopter
  • We make a lifetime commitment to every animal we shelter
  • Our staff is highly trained and committed to providing the best experience to the community

Learn more about the building of the NEW Stanley James Walker Pet Care and Adoption center.

View pictures of the original SPCA Shelter.

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Stanley James Walker Pet Care and Adoption Center
Shelter location: 4950 Spectrum Blvd. (Off the Dandini Exit), Reno, NV 89512
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