Robin and Kathy, Shaggy Shaggy Shake's owners and groomers, have fallen head-over-heels for canines, even the shyest and most difficult specimens. At their pet salon, Shaggy Shaggy Shake, they treat dogs as members of their family with pampering services and a calm, safe, and loving environment. Instead of cowering in cages, dogs rest in cubbies atop cushy beds as they await services such as haircuts, manicures, and dental cleanings. Many grooming services include a bath, during which the pup is lathered with premium shampoo and conditioner. Robin and Kathy also specialize in dog and cat massage, which can promote calmness, ease pain, and reduce the risk of injury from energetic play or competitive figure skating. To make grooming sessions as convenient as possible, the duo can also shuttle pets to and from their owners' homes.
Incred-A-Bull's goal is simple: it works to "end canine discrimination" by educating the public about pit bulls and other misunderstood dogs. By providing information and advocacy for these dogs, the organization hopes to drastically reduce the number of dogs who are unnecessarily euthanized. As part of its efforts to dispel pervasive stereotypes about such dogs, it sponsors events like community walks to showcase friendly dogs interacting with fellow canines, adults, and kids.
In addition, Incred-A-Bull supports all of the community's dogs regardless of breed through owner-support programs. For owners dealing with financial hardship, it provides food and basic supplies like leashes and collars at no cost. It partners with local veterinary clinics to pay for all or part of the cost of spay or neuter procedures for pit bull and pit bull mixes, which help prevent overpopulation. For frustrated owners having trouble dealing with their dogs' behavior, Incred-A-Bull offers one-on-one training consultations and builds dog runs to release activity-starved outdoor pups from their tethers. All of these programs are united under the goal of reducing the possibility that dogs will be abandoned or surrendered to animal shelters already stretched to the limit.
Solutions Foundation approaches teen drug use from both sides of the problem. Its education efforts deliver hard facts to kids, teens, and parents about the dangers of illicit and prescription drugs, and its CLOUD (Choosing Life Over Using Drugs) program reaches out to youths already dealing with chemical abuse or dependency.
An intensive, eight-week program, CLOUD brings kids and adolescents together five times each week to engage in individual, group, family, and recreational therapy. The teen-friendly, therapeutic environment provides a safe space for recovery and personal growth. Solutions Foundations makes targeted efforts to reach out to Nevada's uninsured and at-risk populations, giving them a place to turn and the resources with which to change their lives.
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In December 2011, a local television news show reported on the 5,000 students who were homeless in the Las Vegas Valley, and focused on the 150 teenagers attending Rancho High School who were homeless or displaced. The community responded by sending aid to many of the teens’ families. Moved by their plight, a team of concerned individuals founded Project 150 to help garner support for the 17 families who had not yet received aid as the holiday season approached. The founding effort of Project 150 successfully raised three truckloads of supplies for these families.
Today, Project 150 provides material support for more than 850 homeless and displaced students at 15 area high schools. It distributes a range of necessities including underwear, food items, and school supplies to homeless youth throughout the region.
Eagle Quest supports at-risk and disadvantaged youth in the southern Nevada area, as well as their families, with treatment-level foster care and family-support services alongside counseling and recreational programs. These programs engage young participants in scrapbooking, summer camp, and humanitarian service, letting youth give back to the community while learning empathy, leadership, and other social skills necessary for success. Family-wide substance-abuse programs and shoplifting-prevention programs, meanwhile, help to break negative habits and open up new opportunities. Many of Eagle Quest's youths have experienced abuse and emotional trauma and lived in unstable homes their entire lives. By experiencing a full range of activities, these youth can create happy memories and learn how to make good decisions for their futures.
The smile on a once-forlorn animal's face when it's united with new owners can't be matched, as the staff of The Animal Foundation knows well. What was once a tiny spay and neuter clinic when it opened in 1978 has grown into an 8-acre campus that shelters and cares for animals without a home. After a careful vetting process, families seeking four-legged companionship can find it here, relieving Dad from his duties of crawling around the house all day. The clinic still offers low-cost spay and neutering services, as well as vaccinations to prevent rabies and other diseases. Click here to see a list of pets, updated every hour, with new dogs, cats, and critters available for adoption. Potential adopters can narrow down the search by gender, age, and size.