Foster Program Event Saturday August 3 8am - 5 pm

This Saturday we are continuing our "Foster Challenge" sponsored by Maddie's Pet Project in an effort to obtain more foster parents/families for our Kitty cat program. As you may or may not know, FAWG does not have a physical shelter where we can house the animals we take in and rescue. We are completely dependant upon the kindness of those who would take these animals into their hearts and homes and treat them as their own with care and loving attention until we can adopt them out to their forever families or transfer them to a NO KILL shelter in Reno/Carson City/Incline Village, etc. We also take cats and kittens from the KILL shelter here in Fallon and transfer or rehome them. 

Please help us reach our goal of recruiting 10 new fosters for our kitten and surrendered cat program as the need here in Fallon/Churchill County has grown beyond our ability to accommodate the number of kittens and surrendered cats that we are trying to save and rehome with our current foster numbers. 

We will have a table setup arranged for this event at Safeway 8am to 5pm on Saturday. 

Please go to one of the tables and talk to our volunteers about becoming a foster and what is required to do so. If you are interested, simply complete a foster application/agreement which will be reviewed and approved at a later date. We have a foster agreement that provides all the information about how the program works, what is required of you and what we do to support you. We provide most of the materials, you supply the TLC!

We hope to see you at our table to meet you in person, but if for any reason you are unable to make it out to see us, please shoot us an email to or call the number below to inquire further. Please consider participating in this important program and saving an animal's life. It really does take a village and they truly need our help!

Please call JeanE for details today!


#ThankstoMaddie our participation in the Maddie's Pet Project-Nevada Pet Adoption Event on June 14 & 15 2019 resulted in a grant for $4000 to Fallon Animal Welfare Group for adopting out 20 cats and kittens during this promotion at no cost to the adopters. 

Thank you to all our loving adopters for helping us to find awesome homes for our darling kitty cats and helping us to make this event a success so we can help more kitties and owners of kitties. 

#ThankstoMaddie our participation in the Maddie's Home for the Holidays Adoption Days on November 16 & 17, 2018, resulted in a grant of $9,300 to Fallon Animal Welfare Group. 

We adopted out 31 cats and kittens during this promotion at no cost to the adopter. In return, a grant of $300 per pet was given to us thanks to the generosity of the founders of Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation and Maddie';s Fund

This generous gift will get 2019 off to a great start for us. Every animal we take in will have access to the veterinary care he needs, whether routine shots, x-rays or lab work, dental work or surgery. Our trap-neuter-return work will continue with no slow-down and we'll continue to place every feral cat needing relocation in a good barn cat position! 

Our 31 cats were a small part of the 1,665 cats and dogs throughout Nevada who were adopted during  Maddie's Pet Adoption Days. #ThankstoMaddie life is getting better for cats and dogs across our state!

#Thanks to Maddie


A big  THANK YOU to everyone who made our Home for the Holidays Adoption such a great success!  
  • Thanks to Maddie's Pet Project in Nevada for sponsoring this event, 
  • Thanks to all our FAWG volunteers who helped with the adoptions, 
  • Thanks to all our FAWG foster caregivers who cared for our cats and kittens until they found homes,
  • Thanks to Shannon and Maggie's Playhouse Doggie Daycare for again letting us use their space to adopt out our cats, and
  • Thanks to everyone who opened their hearts and took another cat (or 2!) home this holiday season! 
Thirty-one cats and kittens showed up at the adoption, and all thirty-one went home with loving families!

We were one of many groups across Nevada participating in Maddie's Pet Adoption Days. This event was part of a statewide campaign, Maddie's Pet Project in Nevada, which aims to elevate the status of cats and dogs across the state through partnerships that increase adoptions from animal shelters and rescues and improve access to veterinary care in under-served areas. 

Maddie's Pet Project in Nevada is made possible by the generosity of Maddie's Fund and the Nevada-based Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation.

Got Rodents? Community Cats Need Jobs

We have several semi-friendly/semi-feral cats needing jobs as "Community Cats" otherwise called "Barn Cats". Community Cats do equally well in a workshop, warehouse, storefront, garage, airplane hangar, or other environment where they are not expected to be lap cats.

If you have a building these cats can call home, they will keep your property free of mice and gophers in return for food, water, and shelter from predators and the weather.  

Our community cats come as a minimum of two as they settle in more quickly with a companion. We will gladly set you up with 3, 4 or more if you have space for them. 

Any cat we place with you will be neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped and extremely grateful. 

There is no set fee, but any donation, or donation of items for our next yard sale, is much appreciated.

Call us at 775 217-6832 to learn more.

RIP Buster Brown

Buster Brown came to us in June. He was old, ill, missing an eye, with one ear badly damaged, in desperate need of dental work, and with his fur in terrible condition. We were told that years ago he had had a family. But then his family moved and left him behind. For a few years neighbors provided food and water and a porch for him to sleep on. One day the mail carrier on his street saw Buster Brown's food bowl sitting, empty, on top of the family's garbage can. She asked the people what happened to the cat she was so used to seeing on their porch. They explained they no longer wanted to care for him as he was old and sick and so had stopped feeding him in the hope that he would go away.  The mail carrier found him a few days later wandering down the street, scooped him up and brought him to us.

When we took Buster Brown to the vet he tested positive for FIV -- the feline version of HIV. This virus weakens the cat's immune system making him more susceptible to disease. Cornell Vet School says in the US between 1.5% and 3% of cats test positive for FIV. It is found more commonly among unaltered males who, in fighting with each other for territory, spread the virus  through deep bite wounds. We had Buster Brown neutered and vaccinated and he lived happily and peacefully with several other cats in a foster home. He was a true gentleman and there was no danger of him biting any of his feline roommates.

Because his FIV status and his age made adoption more difficult, we submitted an application for him to go to Best Friends Animal Society's sanctuary in Kanab, UT.  He was accepted and placed on the wait list for FIV-positive cats. We looked forward to the day we would take him to the sanctuary to live out his senior years in comfort and safety surrounded by Best Friends caregivers and volunteers.

Unfortunately, Buster Brown developed a cancer in his mouth and his health deteriorated quite rapidly. With heavy hearts his doctor and foster mom helped him go to the Rainbow Bridge.  RIP, Buster Brown. We are very glad we got to know you and are only sorry your stay with us was so short.

Rose has moved to Utah

Rose, our lovely calico girl with cerebellar hypoplasia, was accepted into Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and has made the move to Utah.

Cerebellar hypolpasia (CH) is a disorder of the cerebellum part of the brain making it difficult for Rose to walk, or eat and drink unassisted, or use a litter pan.  CH can be caused by various types of trauma, but is most often the result of unvaccinated pregnant cats being exposed to panleukopenia ("cat distemper"). Any kittens who survive, and most do not, can exhibit varying degrees of CH.

Best Friends has years of experience providing quality lives to animals like Rose who come to them with a variety of physical and/or behavioral issues. Rose will receive the best care possible while there. The best news? Her caregivers at Best Friends are confident they will be able to place her in a loving adoptive home.

About Us

Fallon Animal Welfare Group was formed in early 2010 by a group of friends concerned about the welfare of dogs and cats in Fallon and Churchill County.

During our first year we provided medical care for the animals in the city shelter, rescued cats and dogs from the shelter, volunteered at the shelter, and did some trap-neuter-return of feral cats.

In January 2011 a local guardian angel stepped forward and took over the provision of medical care for the shelter animals. This was by far our largest expense in 2010, and with the arrival of this angel, we were able to focus our efforts elsewhere.

In 2010, the majority of dogs entering the Fallon City Shelter were returned to their owner (43%), sent to a rescue in Fallon, Reno, or Lake Tahoe (26%), or adopted (18%). Fewer than 10% of healthy dogs were euthanized in 2010. The same was not true for cats.  (see our page "Fallon Shelter Statistics" on this site)

FAWG thus decided to focus on improving the lives of cats in our community through trap-neuter-return of feral cats, barn cats and other free roaming cats, and intercepting cats and kittens before they entered the  city shelter. The cats and kittens we take in are neutered, vaccinated, and adopted into forever homes. We have no facility, so all our cats live in foster homes.

We also send many of the cats and kittens we take in to either the NV Humane Society, the SPCA of Northern Nevada, or Another Chance, all no-kill rescues/shelters adopting animals out in Washoe County and Carson City.  The pets we send to these groups are exposed to a much larger number of potential pet owners than we have here in Churchill County and find good homes fast. Working with these groups has thus allowed us to save even more lives.

We also have a small fund, The Lucy Fund, to assist pet owners with emergency vet bills. If you need assistance in an emergency, call us at 775 217-6832.

Fallon Animal Welfare Group
1951 W. Williams Ave
PMB 377
Fallon, NV 89406
Phone: 775 217-6832

501(c)(3) since 2010
A plea to our community....

Fallon Animal Welfare Group is working tirelessly to help control the populations of feral and homeless cats but we need your help!

When cats are neglected, abused, and abandoned - they have no choice in the matter. They depend on us for their survival. When cats are not altered so that they cannot reproduce and then abandoned because you are moving, got new furniture, just decided you didn't want them anymore, (the list goes on, really...) populations can quickly and I mean VERY QUICKLY get out of control. 

Don't get a cat (or any animal) if you are not committed to caring for it for it's entire 16-20 year lifespan. When you do commit to this, please remember to SPAY and NEUTER your cats. We are here to help but we can only do so much, you must take responsibility before bad things happen. Call us, go to our website and utilize the resources we offer. These animals are at your mercy, you are their caretakers and they need you to do what is best for them. They are our children to care for during their entire lifetimes! 

For instance, the following photos are of some of the cats that we have recently had to rescue from hoarding, abuse and neglect situations! Photos are graphic so be aware...

These cats came to us from a hoarding situation that resulted in their neglect which led to some of them dying! 

Lucky was found with a nail in his head from someone shooting him with a nail gun! 

PLEASE, help us stop this from happening to any animal! We want to do the right things to help our animal friends and community to coexist happily. If you have an animal you cannot care for, or that you don't want anymore, CALL US 775-217-6832. 

We will not judge you, we will help you. But more importantly, don't get an animal unless you intend to care for it for it's entire lifetime. Things happen and we are here to help when they happen but we should be a last resort. You must understand the responsibility you acquire when you take the life of an animal into your world because YOU ARE THEIR WORLD.