Hooray for Bark in the Park

We are fortunate to celebrate another successful event that highlights the connection between dogs and humans. Bark in the Park was wonderful! Thank you to all community members who came out with their dogs for the 5K walk/run. We are especially grateful to the furry friends who accompanied them.

It is always a treat to witness the connection between person, dog and community. Reflecting upon the positive reactions I witnessed, I can only say that it is impressive that we have so many individuals who are concerned with animal welfare by making a commitment to their furry friends and the animal community.

As always, Bark in the Park expands horizons of what is available for pet care. It is humbling to realize how much people are willing to give of their time, resources and effort to help maintain a no-kill-shelter.

Of course, CAPS would be impossible without our volunteers, community support and loving directors. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to make our no-kill shelter a reality. Especially, we thank all community members who make our mission possible. We strive to further the lives of pets who have been discarded or disregarded by their people. We try to make life fairer for those who have been dealt a losing hand.

Please know that whatever you can do or have done to help CAPS’ cause is a step in the right direction. To quote Mahatma Gandhi, “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” If Bark in the Park is any indication of Fallon’s commitment to animals, I’d have to say we are on the right path.


Ken Wiley, the resident builder and seasoned dog walker, has been volunteering for the past four years. Ken’s skill with a hammer, saw and nails has transformed the CAPS kennels into the freedom runs our residents now enjoy. He has built privacy walls into the kennels, so the residents never have to worry about a grumpy roommate. We commend Ken for his commitment to the CAPS community. You make a significant difference to our guests and the Fallon community. Thank you from the bottom of our furry hearts.


This week’s pet is a true gentleman named Dozer. He is a black pit bull with the heart of gold. Dozer was surrendered by a military family who got transferred out of the county. He has lived at CAPS long enough to become a regular greeter in the front office. Dozer would love to have a family who would cherish him and give him a place in their hearts. Please come and meet Dozer; he is a “fantabulous” guy.

We also have frisky kitties and puppies. CAPS’ policy, however, prohibits adopting out puppies or kittens under the age of six months to a home with children under five years of age. This is to protect both the children and the animal.


CAPS will be at Walmart on May 23 with Ki and our Kissin’ Booth. Ki really looks forward to being there and seeing friends. Don’t disappoint Ki because he’s waiting for his fans. If you didn’t get a chance to buy that special shirt or cap at Bark in the Park, we have them for sale. Please come by and check out our special designs.

Flower Tree Nursery is raffling a 15-gallon Prairie-Fire crabapple tree. The raffle tickets are available at Flower Tree, and they are $1 for one ticket and $5 for six tickets. Be sure to get your tickets soon. The drawing date will be announced later, and the winner doesn’t have to be present to win.

CAPS always needs pet food. We would love your donation of cat or dog food. Please feel free to bring the food to CAPS or send an email and I will pick it up.

CAPS’ mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89406. CAPS’ phone number is 775-423-7500. Please visit the CAPS website (www.capsnv.org) and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to “Like” CAPS on Facebook because we are really likable.

Do you have questions, comments or a great story? Contact me jkwmil@outlook.com.

Kathleen Williams-Miller, a CAPS volunteer, contributed this week’s column.


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