Affordable veterinary care for those in need in Northern Nevada
We have secured a location for the clinic on Longley Lane in Reno. The location is accessible for Reno/Sparks residents, as well was those driving in from Carson City and communities to the east. The space is currently being renovated and if we are able to raise the remaining funds needed, it will open in late October of this year, 2020.
The clinic will provide affordable spay/neuter and other services that a traditional veterinary clinic would – surgery, dental work, x-rays, diagnostics, and treatment – but it will target those who are unable to afford veterinary care otherwise.
The clinic will also provide spay/neuter surgeries for nonprofit rescue groups, increasing the health and adoptability of homeless animals and community cats, including those located in nearby rural counties that have limited veterinary access.
The Options Veterinary Care clinic is expected to serve more than 15,000 pets in its first year of operation with the capacity to grow.
For a full rundown of the Options plan, click the red button below for a shareable PDF.
Options Veterinary Care plans to offer the following services:
Vaccinations and other preventive care
Spay/neuter and other surgeries
Diagnostics including bloodwork and X-rays
We hope to be able to increase available services as funds are raised so not all services may be available when the Options Veterinary Care clinic first opens.
The Angel Fund program will seek donations from the community to provide very low-cost or free veterinary service for pets who are in desperate need of help but whose owners cannot afford even our low costs.
While many who cannot afford veterinary care will be able to afford Options Veterinary Care fees, there is still a segment of pet owners who have such limited income that they will need help. We have encountered senior citizens on limited incomes, unemployed individuals, families with children or unexpected human medical expenses, who love their pets, but cannot afford veterinary care.
The Angel Fund will help in cases where there is no other option for payment. Donations to the Angel Fund are tax deductible.
Community cats or feral cats are most effectively and humanely managed through a Trap/Neuter/Return program. To learn more about Trap/Neuter/Return, visit Alley Cat Allies.
Options Veterinary Care will provide low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations for community cats across Northern Nevada. This program will be funded by grants and donations from the public.
Diana Lucree, DVM | Medical Director
Diana Lucree, DVM is the Medical Director of Options Veterinary Care and Co-Founder and Board Member of Community Cats. Dr. Lucree has worked in veterinary medicine since 1980. She is a high-volume spay/neuter expert who has worked for multiple animal shelters including in the capacity of Medical Director as well as working in private practice.
She is especially interested in gentle and low-stress animal handling, spay/neuter for community cats and access to care for underserved communities. She has been involved in both the design, opening and operation of a number of clinics in her career. Dr. Lucree has lived in Reno since 1988 and graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Her free time is devoted to gardening, kayaking, and entertaining her Border Collies.
Denise Stevens | Clinic Director
Denise Stevens is the Clinic Director of Options Veterinary Care. She is also a Co-Founder and the President of Community Cats. She has extensive experience working with high-volume spay/neuter clinics as well as animal shelter clinics. She has been an expert consultant for Humane Network since 2016.
Denise is an instructor for the University of the Pacific’s Animal Shelter Management Certificate Program, teaching clinic and shelter operations. Denise was the Director of Operations for SPCA of Northern Nevada, Chief Operating Officer for Nevada Humane Society, and managed an open-admission shelter handling more than 10,000 animals annually in Reno and an open-admission animal shelter and field services for Carson City. As the interim Executive Director of Nevada Humane Society, Denise was responsible for a $4.8 million budget.
Bonney Brown | Governance Committee
Bonney Brown is on the Governance Committee of Options Veterinary Care. She is the President and Co-Founder of Humane Network, a nonprofit organization that provides low-cost consulting services to humane organizations and animal services agencies across the county to help responsibly increase lifesaving for dogs and cats and to create successful, sustainable nonprofit organizations (since 2007).
She co-created and is an instructor for the University of the Pacific Animal Shelter Management Certificate Program. Bonney was the Executive Director of Nevada Humane Society for 6 years.
Diane Blankenburg | Governance Committee
Diane Blankenburg, MBA, is on the Governance Committee of Options Veterinary Care. She is the CEO and Co-Founder of Humane Network, a nonprofit organization that provides low-cost consulting services to humane organizations and animal services agencies across the county to help responsibly increase lifesaving for dogs and cats and to create successful, sustainable nonprofit organizations (since 2007).
She co-created and is an instructor for the University of the Pacific Animal Shelter Management Certificate Program. Diane was the Community Programs and Development Director of Nevada Humane Society for 6 years.
Options Veterinary Care Campaign Committee
This committee works to raise necessary funds to open and operate Options Veterinary Care and works on events and media appearances to raise awareness about the clinic as well as the need for it in Northern Nevada.
Amanda Sanchez-Crawford | Committee Chair
Amanda Sanchez-Crawford is chair of the Options Veterinary Care Campaign Committee.
She was a long-time anchor for KOLO 8 and founder of Amanda’s Amazing Animals.
Patricia Fabre-Johnson | Committee Member
Patricia Fabre-Johnson serves on the Options Veterinary Care Campaign Committee.
A Reno native, she works at RE/MAX Professionals and runs For Pets' Sake.
Mark Robison | Committee Member
Mark Robison serves on the Options Veterinary Care Campaign Committee.
He is a senior consultant with Humane Network, president of CockadoodleMoo Farm Animal Sanctuary, and former engagement editor at the Reno Gazette-Journal.
Jaime Brown | Committee Member
Jaime Brown serves on the Options Veterinary Care Campaign Committee.
She was the Northern Nevada outreach manager for Maddie's Pet Project in Nevada, as well as a lieutenant with the Nevada Highway Patrol.