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Animal Services Advisory Board

WCRAS Advisory Board

In 2016, the Board of County Commissioners adopted Ordinance 55.035, to create an Animal Services Advisory Board. The purpose of the Animal Services Advisory Board is to strengthen the communication between the community and WCRAS, and to allow a public platform to hear updates centered around WCRAS. The updates may consist of program and service statistics, emerging developments, financial or budgetary updates, events and accomplishments and proposed goals or objectives for the department.

The Animal Services Advisory Board  may offer opinions and make recommendations to the department on the development of short or long term goals, Washoe County Code amendments, educational resources, community programs and policies and procedures.  



The animal services advisory board shall consist of seven members, all residents of Washoe County, one member from each of the following groups:

  1. a veterinarian or veterinary technician licensed to practice in Nevada, and who is not employed by Washoe County;

  2. a real estate or business professional with knowledge or experience related to homeowners’ associations, business organizations and/or financial operations;

  3. a representative of a humane or rescue organization;

  4. an individual with an interest in promoting the health and safety of animals in Washoe County;

  5. an elected member of the Washoe County Board of County Commissioners;

  6. an elected member of the Reno City Council;

  7. an elected member of the Sparks City Council.

The members listed in subsection 3(a)-(e) shall be appointed by and shall serve at the pleasure of the board of county commissioners. The elected members from the Reno and Sparks’ city councils shall be appointed by their respective memberships. The animal services advisory board members listed in subsection 3(a)-(d) shall serve four-year terms, which expire on June 30th of their respective terms. However, following enactment of this section, the members listed in subsections 3(a) and 3(b) shall serve a four-year term, and the members listed in subsections 3(c) and 3(d) shall serve a two-year term. The animal services advisory board members listed in subsections 3(a)-(d) may serve, with reappointment, a maximum of two consecutive terms. An additional term may be considered for a member’s appointment if there are no other interested and qualified applicants.

Meeting Schedule

Regular meetings shall be held quarterly, unless otherwise noted. Special meetings may be called by the chair at the request of the director of WCRAS. Please find the meeting schedule here:  WCRAS Advisory Board.

Updated 4/24/2023 10:51 AM
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