How much is that doggie in the window?

I’m dating myself terribly by singing that song, but when I recently looked at the want ads I was shocked to see the prices of many of the puppies advertised. I know they are specific breeds, but I wasn’t aware that puppies were that costly. It made me really appreciate what a bargain CAPS is.

CAPS makes sure that the puppy you are adopting is healthy, has all his shots, is spayed or neutered, and has been socialized. All of these services are done before your “baby” goes home. The cost for all of this is a $100 adoption fee, and if the puppy doesn’t fit into your family he can be returned.

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 animals.

The adoption fee for older dogs is $80, and your dog will have been spayed or neutered, have all his shots, and be socialized. Watson is a CAPS graduate, and he has become a great part of our family. I thank them for all of the joy he has brought us, and I have to say it’s the best $80 I’ve ever spent. Come to CAPS and see our doggies in the window.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the CAPS garage sale next weekend. We have a new location at Oasis Community Church, details below.


A big Paws Up thank you goes to Ellie Kania (Riley’s mom) and Tanya (Ruby’s mom) for donating food for our guests. Everyone is happier with a full tummy and a lot of love.

We also want to thank Rebecca and Darrell Dugan for volunteering to walk our guests. We have such fantastic folks in our community. We sincerely thank you from the bottom of our furry little hearts and paws.


We have puppies! A recent arrival brought us nine Australian shepherd-border collie puppies. The poor momma, who is a border collie, was dumped out by Lake Lahontan to fend for herself before the puppies were born. Fortunately, all survived and have been declared the most beautiful puppies we have ever had. They aren’t ready to go home yet, but you can always come out and reserve your beautiful pup. There are three males and six females. They are so cute!

We are happy to announce that Tucker, our boy at the Kissin’ Booth, has found his happy-ever-after home. I’m sure the deal was sealed with a kiss.


It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the death of Dave Sherman who was Buster’s dad. He will be greatly missed by the dog park gang and Buster. Buster was adopted at CAPS and became Dave’s BFF (best furry friend). Dave’s CAPS’ annual garage sale will be on Aug. 5 and 6 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Oasis Community Church, 1520 S. Maine Street. We need your gently used appliances, furniture, tennis rackets, treadmills, clothing and miscellaneous items. If you have items to donate, call Rita Hand at 423-6346 or 427-3376. Please leave a message if necessary, and Rita will return your call as soon as she can. You can also drop them off at our storage units located at 1105 Taylor Place (Spring Valley Rentals) units S52 and S53. Someone will be there from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday mornings.

Did you miss the photo shoot for the Happy Endings calendar at Bark in the Park? No problem. You are going to have another opportunity for it at Flower Tree Nursery tomorrow from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The cost is $20 or a 30 pound bag of dog food. You will receive a 5x7 print, and your pet will be featured in the calendar.

CAPS will be at Walmart on Aug. 20 along with Ki at our Kissin’ Booth. Please come by and give our boy a big hug and kiss. We have caps, short-sleeved t-shirts, hoodies and sweatshirts so please check them out before or after greeting our canine volunteers. You can also pre-order the 2017 Happy Endings Calendar

Flower Tree Nursery is raffling a 15-gallon tree of your choice. 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 Sept. 6, and the winner doesn’t have to be present to win.

CAPS’ mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89406. CAPS’ phone number is 775-423-7500. CAPS’ email address is Please visit the CAPS website ( 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

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


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