Churchill Animal Protection Society: Not by the hair of my chinny, chin, chin

Watson here and I have a bone to pick, so to speak, with the folks who think kissing a dog is unsanitary because we are furry. A recent study told it all: Men who have beards are more likely to have pathogenic bacteria than dogs.

The study was published in European Radiology. Researchers took samples of fur (hair) and saliva from dogs and men and compared them for bacteria. The men’s samples showed higher microbial counts on their skin and saliva than dogs. The bacteria found were enterococcus faecalis and staphylococcus, both commonly found on humans.

According to veterinarian Marty Becker, kissing a dog may be safer than kissing another human. Bacteria in the mouth of a dog are species specific, so they won’t harm its owner. Infections like staph or strep for a human are not transmissible to a dog.

I’m not a clean-shaven guy and I couldn’t grow a beard if I tried, but now that research has confirmed a dog’s fur is cleaner than a man’s beard. I think we should celebrate with dog kisses.

The bottom line is this: Dogs love people unconditionally, make people laugh and are best friends. A little kiss in thanks is all we ask. So, pucker up, for a big pooch smooch.

XOXO Watson


We have four darling puppies. 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. Call 775-423-7500 for details.


We desperately need folks to walk dogs. Our goal is to have each and every dog walk daily. If you like to walk and would love a nonjudgmental walking partner, call 755-423-7500.

Garage sale items. We need gently used appliances, furniture, treadmills and miscellaneous items. We don’t need clothing. Call us at 755-423-7500 and we will pick it up.

Dog and cat food. Our source for food has recently quit supplying our shelter and until we find an alternate food supplier, we need your help.

Folks who need help affording spaying/neutering for dogs or cats. The SNAPS program details are below.


Everyone in Fallon who voted CAPS as the best non-profit in Fallon. All tails are wagging for you!

Michele Ippolito, the founder of FAWG, you will be missed in Fallon. You have been a wonderful asset to our community. Good luck on your new journey!

Our faithful volunteers who walk dogs, fix problems and show up to help. You are the heart and soul of CAPS!


CAPS will be at Walmart on June 8 with the Kissin’ Booth and a puckered-up pooch. Come by and smooch our pooch. We have hoodies, shirts and hats. Be sure to check out our merchandise after you’ve hugged our pup.


June Pet Holiday: Chip Your Pets Month.

SNAPS is a program offered to Churchill County residents through CAPS that provides low-cost spay/neutering for cats and dogs. To qualify for SNAPS, you need to have one of the following: Medicaid, a child enrolled in NV Check Up Program, food stamps, 2018 tax return stating income is less than $30,000 or Veterans disability card including a photo ID. Also required are a Churchill County ID and a co-pay. For more information, call CAPS at 423-7500.


CAPS’ mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89407. 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 likeable.

CAPS is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kathleen Williams-Miller is a CAPS volunteer. Contact me,


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