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Las Vegas is home to not only dogs and cats, but birds, tortoises, fish, snakes, ferrets, rodents and rabbits. For those ready to welcome a new member to the family, whether with four legs or no legs, there are a number of places to adopt that new pet. All organizations listed are responsible about the care and health of pets and all animals offered for adoption have met the requirements for a long and happy life with their new families.

Adopt A Rescue Pet
1500 E. Tropicana Ave., Suite 105
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 798-8663

If interested in adopting a dog, Adopt A Rescue Pet, formerly known as Shelter Dog Rescue, “houses rescued dogs in foster homes, local boarding facilities and its five-acre rescue ranch and retirement facility in Amargosa Valley, Nevada,” while volunteers look for permanent homes for adoptable dogs with good families. Dogs in the program are sterilized, vaccinated and microchipped under the scrutiny of private veterinarians. All breeds of dogs are available including purebreds. An application and interview is required in order to adopt.

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Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary
8103 Racel St.
Las Vegas, NV 89131
(702) 645-4224

If interested in adopting a bird, the Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary was established in 1970 as a home to exotic and domestic birds and other wild animals needing care and shelter. While some of its birds are lifetime residents, others are available for adoption. The process requires paperwork, some volunteer time and may involve a foster period first. Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary considers each person looking to adopt on an individual basis.

Reptile Rescue
7500 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Suite 9-478
Las Vegas, NV 89128

If interested in adopting a snake, Maria Gara aka The Snake Babe, is the owner/operator of Reptile Rescue and rescues all reptiles including snakes, which are available for adoption. After discovering people would adopt snakes from the organization and resell them for profit, a donation is now required and the amount will vary depending on if caging is needed. There will be a home visit, so those wanting to adopt a snake must live in the Las Vegas area, and the organization does not ship any pets. As part of the home visit, those planning to adopt must be able show that they are able to hold and handle the snake. All snakes eat pre-killed frozen/thawed rodents.

Las Vegas Valley Humane Society
3395 S. Jones Blvd., Suite 454
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 434-2009

The Las Vegas Valley Humane Society holds adoptions for cats and dogs at various locations. Click here if interested in adopting a cat and click here if interested in adopting a dog. The Las Vegas Valley Humane Society adopts out approximately 1,000 animals at its adoption events held at stores around Las Vegas on weekends. All cats and dogs have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Cats are tested for feline leukemia. If interested in a particular breed, one can call first to see what breeds are available for adoption.

Tortoise Group
P.O. Box 33866
Las Vegas, NV 89133
(702) 739-7113

Price: There is a consultation and technical assistance site visit charge of $50 for new custodians ($20 for the initial site visit and $30 for final inspection when the tortoise is delivered)

If interested in adopting a tortoise, Tortoise Group has facilitated adoptions of the threatened Mojave Desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) with the Desert Tortoise Adoption Program. This program ensures that the conditions for a tortoise are safe and that the tortoise will be living in a healthy environment with the proper care. According to the website, “the Desert Tortoise Adoption Program, limited to residents of Nevada, is operated under the authority of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Nevada Department of Wildlife.”

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Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.