The saga of Joe, CAPS’ first mascot

Looking for a hime is Bella, a beautiful white 3-year-old Dogo Argentino

Looking for a hime is Bella, a beautiful white 3-year-old Dogo Argentino

I recently had the pleasure of talking with Norma Klenakis, one of the original “Dirty Dozen” who founded CAPS. She always has delightful stories about CAPS, and I really love hearing about the origins of our home grown shelter.

It seems that CAPS once had a very special mascot named Joe. Joe wasn’t an ordinary cat by any means; Joe was the boss of everyone. He was vocal and always made sure his wishes were followed. Joe had his special place in the office, and he greeted everyone with a big MEOW.

All the workers and volunteers loved Joe, and he knew it. There was lots of kidding and occasionally someone would say, “Joe you are a big nuisance.” This is where the story takes a twist. A new volunteer who didn’t realize who Joe was thought it would be best to find him a home.

It was one of those days when she was alone at the shelter and the right person came along looking for a cat. Joe greeted the lady, and in no time he was swept off to a new life. When everyone came to work the next day, they found Joe gone. A big search and rescue effort was launched. Joe’s adopter lived at a mine somewhere around Fallon.

It took many volunteer hours and miles of driving on bumpy roads to locate Joe. The massive effort paid off, and he was found. Fortunately, the lady was understanding, and Joe was taken home to CAPS where he reigned as the “Boss of Everyone” until he went over the Rainbow Bridge.


Dot is a beautiful six-year-old female Tuxedo. She was born at CAPS and is the only one left from her family who hasn’t found her forever home. Dot is a bit shy but warms up quickly with anyone who gives her attention. She enjoys the company of other cats but would prefer a quiet comfortable home. If you have a spot for Dot, come out and meet her; she will be thrilled!


Vendors for Bark in the Park coming in May. Bark in the Park isn’t just about cats and dogs; we also want vendors who cater to the people.

Call Rita at 775-423-7500 if you would like to be a vendor.

Volunteers to walk dogs or play with cats. We have enthusiastic dogs and cats just waiting to meet you.

Call Rita at 775-423-7500 for details.

Aluminum cans, which we recycle to augment our shelter funds. You can drop them off at CAPS or call and we will pick them up (775-423-7500).


Rema White for donating blankets and food for our guests.

Joe Miller for doing the doggie poop patrol at our Fallon dog park; you help keep our pups’ environment healthy and clean.

Pauline, Diane, and Vivian for their undying attention to our guests. You truly make a difference. Our volunteers are the backbone of CAPS.


CAPS will be at Walmart on March 18. Everyone is Irish on St. Pat’s Day, and you can see Irish eye smiling if you stop by our Kissin’ Booth. Come by for an Irish smooch. We will also have caps, long-sleeved t-shirts, hoodies and sweatshirts, so please check them out after you have been smooched.


February Pet Holidays:

Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, Pet Dental Health Month

To Mark your calendar for Bark in the Park that will be held in May. More details will follow.

Flower Tree Nursery will again be raffling a 20-gallon tree of your choice just in time for spring. The raffle tickets are available at Flower Tree, and they are $1 for one ticket and $5 for six tickets. The drawing will be held on March 15, 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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