The Circles team has been volunteering at the Oakmont of West Las Vegas. The Oakmont is an upscale independent Senior living and assist living retirement community. the care services at the Oakmont include the following: assistance with ambulation, escorts to appointments, hospice, and even an on- site nurse for monitoring health needs and assessments. Activities & events for the seniors and invites us on special occasions to assist and help out. We assisted in several in holiday/ calender events such as; Halloween, Christmas, and Super Bowl Lill.

So for the circles team has done catering & serving food, ran a cotton candy machine, helped seniors make art, set up chairs and tables for events. The Circles team got to enjoy a performance from local country/ yodeling band “mama ‘s Wranglers” and assisted them breaking down and putting away their stage and equipment. The wonderful and kind Valerie even lets the circles team enjoy fine dining in the Oakmont’s lovly onsite restaurant/ dining room as an awesome thank you for our hard work and services. Overall the circles team enjoy helping out at the Oakmont of west Las Vegas and hopes to continue to build a Stronger bridge & partnership with Valerie and the lovely seniors there.

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Leaving a cat or dog alone in a hot or cold car in Las Vegas, Nevada

It is a misdemeanor in Nevada for a person to allow a cat or dog to remain unattended in a parked or standing motor vehicle during a extreme heat or cold or in any other manner that endangers the health or safety of the animal. The penalty is:

  • up to six (6) months in jail, and/or

  • up to $1,000 in fines

Abandoning a disabled animal in Las Vegas, Nevada

Nevada animal abuse laws make it a misdemeanor for an owner, possessor, or custodian of a maimed, diseased, disabled, or infirm animal either to:

  • abandon the animal, or

  • leave the animal to die in a public street, road, or place, or

  • allow it to lie in a public street, road, or place more than three (3) hours after receiving notice that the animal has been lying there disabled

The punishment for abandoning a disabled animal includes:

  • up to six (6) months in jail and/or

  • up to $1,000 in fines.

Throwing substances injurious to animals in public places in Las Vegas, Nevada

It is a misdemeanor in Nevada when someone willfully throws, drops, or places (or causes to be thrown, dropped, or placed) upon any road, highway, street, or public place any of the following:

  • glass,

  • nails,

  • pieces of metal, or

  • other substances which might wound, disable, or injure any animal.

The judge may order a sentence of:

  • up to six (6) months in jail, and/or

  • up to $1,000 in fines

Dog restraints and enclosures

With regard to dogs, it is a crime in Nevada to restrain a dog for more than fourteen (14) hours during a twenty-four (24) hour period. It is also illegal to restrain a dog by either:

  • using a prong, pinch, or choke collar or similar restraint, or

  • using a tether, chain, tie, trolley or pulley system, or other device that:

    1. is less than twelve (12) feet in length, or

    2. fails to allow the dog to move at least twelve (12) feet or,

    3. allows the dog to reach a fence or other object that may cause the dog to become injured, entangled, or to die by strangulation after jumping the fence or object

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Circles Magazine visited one of the dog parks in Las Vegas. the name of the park is called Dog Fanciers park. We interviewed Paulie Cunningham about different dog parks. He told us that fanciers is his favorite park in Las Vegas. Paulie has 2 dogs, he has a whipput greyhound mix name Reggie she is 17 years old and he also has a pit-bull named Angel and she’s 7 years old.

We asked what was his “favorite thing about the park ?’ he said dogs get to socialize and have lots of fun, he said dogs always staying at home isn’t good for the dog. He has been to 5 different parks around Vegas with his dog’s, so he is a bit of a dog park connoisseur.

He mentioned the park at Atlantic and Lewis that is by his house, be doesn’t like it, and Dessert Breeze Dog Park, he tells us that is the worst no one watches their dogs. He tells us that indoor park (that just opened) serves beer, he doesn’t think that beer and dogs don’t mix at all. He told us that Barkin Basin and Woofers parks, are really good to take your dog at and let them enjoy running around and playing with other dogs. His dog angel was on the news Fox 5 the night before 4th of July she ran out the house, she got spooked by the firecrackers and ran out an open door.

He did an intense search for her and put up flyers and even contacted the Fox 5 News and Angel was spot lighted. Paulie is the bass player for a popular band in Las Vegas, called Smashing Alice and an avid dog lover.

Clark County Dog Fanciers Park 5800 E. Flamingo Rd Las Vegas Nevada 89122

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Dog Training

The way that dogs learn is through repetition. Dogs are more likely to repeat bad behaviors, because they are not being reinforced, which enables a dog to repeat the same bad habits. Giving your dog the attention it craves, will only enforce bad habits in the future. Exercising your dog is very important. This will also teach your dog to be comfortable on a leash. Never pull on a dogs leash to correct your dog’s behavior. Let your puppy interact with as many different types of people, animals, and environments as possible. Getting a dog used to noises in and around its environment will keep the dog from being frightened. Socialization is the best way to train dogs to trust each other and.

Peregrine Falcon Training

You must wear gloves when handling or training any type of bird. Falcons are trained to be released and returned to your glove hand as its base. Falcons are trained to fly various distances. Some people have specific places that they want the birds to land. They also can be trained to come back on a lure. The lure is used as a reward for the falcon. It’s really fun to watch. A falcon’s swoop is instinctive, but following a lure needs to be taught. Trainers try to get them to follow the lure everyday so they will get used to it. A calf needs to be at least six to thirty six months to begin training.









Horse Training

Horses can be trained to perform various behaviors. Some horses can be trained so that people with disabilities can ride. They are trained to walk slower than normal. By riding horse’s people with disabilities can use muscles that are hard for them to use. Miniature horses can be used as a service animal. Miniature horses can be used to help the blind. Blind people hold on to the miniature horses so that the horses can guide them around. Mini Horses are allowed to go into various places like in restaurants, airplanes, or into classrooms. Horses can sometimes be hard to train because they are prey animals but at the same time it can be a rewarding experience to because once trained they can be really fun and interesting animals.






Dolphin Training
Dolphin training involves the reinforcement of the behavior that you want the dolphin to follow. There are different ways training can be taught. Part of the training is to establish a bond between the dolphin and its trainer. Training can be done by playing and feeding. The trainer must look for positive and negative responses to this certain type of training. The trainer must look for positive and negative responses to this certain type of training.




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The circles Team did field research and data mining to help find the sources of the lowest precises for shopping for pet dogs.  We did a trip to a mom and pop pet supply store , a  trip to a main commercial giants,, and used a top of the the line online source to compile the lowest  possible budget for your pet dog.  We focused  on the bare necessities for your pet on our of prices  and items.

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The Adoption Pro of the ASPCA is a program where all people who work together and chip in to help rescue and save all pet animals from across the globe and anyone who works there for more than 10 years become pros and when they become pros, they teach anyone who signs in and volunteers to be part of the crew the pros help the new co-workers how to save more than 100 lives of pet animals, including dogs and cats. The ASPCA’s “ID Me” program is the kind of spot where workers must find any dog or cat that has a tag on it’s collar it it’s lost or if it needs help, the workers can chip in and help each other out to put the name of the dog or cat tags on files to make a match to their address or where they live, then call up the phone numbers of their owners and tell them they have their pets, then the owners come and bring themselves to get back their pets remember every dog and cat or any other pet must be found and brought back to the owner as soon as possible.

The Adoption Ambassadors home to home program is the area where people of APSCA where they all dogs and cats have a better home and giving them a chance for other people who want to be part of the program and help workers to help the dogs and cats. Many volunteers with great talent become agents of the ASPCA for the foster pets and give them a good home and a good family.

The GIS Geographic Information systems is the kind of program that helps give the location on where pet animals are it’s satellites can help track their movement and possession, then the workers can retrieve the pet animals bring them with in their vans and bring them in the shelter then, as soon as the people take the pet animals in the shelter, they make files and pictures in order when anybody who wants to adopt them.


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Seeing Eye Dogs What are seeing eye dogs? Seeing eye dogs help the elderly as well as the blind. They help them get around as going to the store, going on walks or even riding the transportation. Their job is to help their owner from any harm’s way and to make sure they arrive to their location safely. How are the dogs trained? Seeing eye dogs are trained at the age of six or nine weeks old, they train them manners, socializing, commands and also experience them on buses, car rides or going grocery shopping. The benefits of owning a guide dog, they give an elderly person confidence, compassionate and security. It also helps them with their anxiety, depression, and loneliness. The owner and the guide dog have a special bond that no one can break they have love for each other and also have a strong friendship. It can give the blind person more independence and also change their lives. A good dog-handler team has a strong bond that is formed through many hours of training.


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There are many endangered species here in Nevada. This is a small window on some of the threatened species in our state.

Mount Charleston Blue Butterfly is a small one inch added to the Endangered Species list in 2013 after a fire on the mountain destroyed much of the known habitat. A small number of these elusive insects are reported every year as they closely resemble other butterflies in the area.  In larval form their habitat is the alpine meadows during the spring and summer. This brings them into conflict with picnic goers and wild horses.

Mt Charleston Blue Butterfly, Plebejus shasta

The Carson Wandering Skipper is a small brownish orange Butterfly located mostly in Northern Nevada and California. It was ruled endangered in 2002. It is on the endangered species list, because, its habitat is being destroyed by urban and residential development; wetland habitat modification, non-native plant invasion, agricultural practices, water exportation projects and naturally occurring stochastic events. The Carson Wandering Skipper eats plant nectar .

The Razorback Sucker is a freshwater fish which can be found in pockets of the Colorado River basin along the main river. Its visible characteristics give it the name it bears today. Protected since 1991, it has been making a comeback through hatcheries dedicated to raising them for release back into their natural habitat.   

Found in only one small part of Nevada is the White River Spinedace. The Kirch Wildlife Management Area near Sunnyside Nevada is the home to the some 2000-3000 of the fish. At less than 5 inches in length, the biggest threat to it seems to be larger fish and the use of the spring waters for irrigation purposes. .


The desert tortoise is both the largest reptile in the Mojave as well as being the state reptile for the state of Nevada. They can live


up to 80 years, munching on cactus, caterpillars, and larvae of different types. Through much effort and your attention, this fellow is no longer actually endangered, but has had its rating lowered to Threatened. 

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Las Vegas  has a great number of free walking and hiking trails available to the more adventurous of our readers. These are an excellent opportunity to get out into nature and see the great outdoors. Always remembering that it can get quite hot during the summer and not all trails are improved track or mobility accessible; we remind you to look up the trail before you go and see if it is right for you. For safety and comfort, we also recommend: carry your own water, wear a hat, bring sunblock, and walking stick and sunglasses are optional.







Calico Basin 

This trail is located at Red Canyon. Its 5.2 miles long. Marvelous views of the Las Vegas valley

Hualapai Canyon Trailhead

The address is located at 2-338 S Hualapai Way Las Vegas, NV 89144 and it’s located between Alta and Town Center Drive in Summerlin. The length of the trail is 0.8 miles. Trail is located above the wash. It is open 7 days a week from 7am-10pm.







The Pueblo Park

The address is located at 7663 W Lake Mead Blvd. The length of the Trail is 1.5 miles. It’s open every day from 6am-10pm. It’s free to enter the park. Make sure that you bring water with you because there are no water fountains available.







Wetlands Park

The address is located at 7050 Wetlands Park Lane. It includes ponds and 3 miles of trail. It also has restrooms to use. Plenty of space to explore nature. Trails to explore nature can be found from the parking lot by the Nature Preserve and Nature Park.

Walking for health is as great as it is cracked up to be. You should walk not run, in order to acquire a healthy heart. If you walk briskly you lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Researchers analyzed 15,045 walkers, in the National Walkers Health Study found and found that moderate intensity walkers and high intensity runners resulted in reductions of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and possibly coronary disease of the heart. Walking for 2.5hrs a week can possibly reduce heart disease by 30%. In addition, this do-anywhere, no-equipment required activity can keep you mentally sharp and can reduce the risk of cancer and diabetes.

A University of Utah study in 2014, found that for every minute of brisk walking that women did throughout the day, they lowered the risk of obesity by 5%. Walking can even help your mood. Studies from a number of sources that it’s as effective as drugs in decreasing depression.  It can relieve every day stress as well. Tensions start to ease as the road stretches in front of you.  Mood endorphin levels are elevated. Walking helps clear the mind too, it might help you find a solution to a problem or too that’s been bugging you.

You can take the dogs for a stroll through the neighborhood. Why not spend quality time at the park with your family? Park farther from your workplace and use the stairs instead of the elevator.  Window shop at the Mall. There are so many ways to go walking that it is unbelievable. So there are no excuses.

One has to start walking, and you will be able make your community stronger, as well. Social scientists found that if more people take to the streets neighborhood crime rates falls and the local economy improves a lot. You can benefit from interpersonal with your children, helps with behavior problems and improve with their academic performance as well. You can meet all kinds of new people and interconnect with neighbors. So don’t wait for another doctor’s appointment, go out to pursue, the joys of walking!

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60’s The first International Special Olympics Summer Games were held at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, USA. A thousand people with intellectual disabilities from 26 U.S. states and Canada compete in track and field, swimming and floor hockey.


70’s An idea that started in the USA begins to spread across the globe. Stigma facing people with intellectual disabilities are slowly being replaced with respect and admiration on the playing fields and off.


The Special Olympics movement continue to grow and to gain respect in the 1980s. The International Olympic Committee signs a historic agreement the Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver officially endorsing and recognizing Special Olympics.


 The first International Games are held outside the USA, as Special Olympics gains a greater global foothold. New health programs mark a turning point as well.


 The Unified Sports program grew program grew rapidly in the 2000s. People with and without intellectual disabilities teamed up in a growing number of countries worldwide.

The 2010s have seen remarkable growth in the visability and power of Special Olympics to changes lives worldwide. In the decade, our Unified Sports program exceeds 1 million participants; our Health program expands dramatically thanks to public and private investment; and the number of athletes with intellectual disabilities and Unified Sports teammates reaches 5-3 million.

1.What is the mission statement? 

Special Olympics Nevada provides athletic opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, instilling the confidence they need to succeed in life.

2. How many athletes participate in the Special Olympics?

3,050 athletes train and compete in Special Olympics.

3. SONV is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that relies on the support of funding from individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations. SONV hosts a variety of fundraising events throughout the year, including the Polar Plunge and Law Enforcement Torch Run, and plays an active role to build mutually beneficial relationships with key donors, sponsors and members of the community. SONV also depends on the commitment of 3,445 volunteers to continue to provide sports and services in all areas.

4. What events are in Special Olympics?

Basketball, swimming, Track and Field, Bocce Ball, Softball, Soccer Bowling, Golf, Unified Flag Football, Unified Tennis

5. What qualifications are needed for athlete?

SONV is a program of choice. We never ask anyone’s disability, but we do use an unofficial standard that anyone with an IEP wouldqualify for Special Olympics Nevada. Again, I would like to state that anyone can participate in our program.

6. How do you promote a healthy lifestyle?

In order for athletes to perform at their best, both on and off the playing field, we believe promoting a healthy life style to our athletes is critical to their success. The Healthy Athletes program is dedicated to providing health services and education to Special Olympics athletes, and changing the way health systems interact with people with intellectual disabilities. All screenings are free to the athletes occur at specific competitions.

7. What is the Polar Plunge?

The Polar Plunge is a fundraising event that raises awareness for SONV by jumping into water. Participants raise a minimum of $125 to participate. This year our plunge in Las Vegas raised $41,000.

What is the tip a cop program?

Law Enforcement give a whole new meaning to “protect and serve” at Tip-A-Cop fundraisers. Officers serve as celebrity waiters at restaurants, and they donate all the tips they receive to Special Olympics. Tip-A-Cop has been a favorite way for officer to raise money, and the public loves to have the officers wait on them hand and foot.

What is L.E.T.R.?

The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) in parrtnership with our communities, is to support Special Olympics Nevada through fundraising and public awareness, while enhancing the quality of life of our athletes.

10. What are the benefits for being a Special Olympics athlete?

Special Olympics provides sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Our athletes are like any other athlete, they like to train, they like to compete and win or lose, they always try their best. The confidence and self-esteem they gain on the playing field carries over onto the playing field of life, helping to make them contributing members of their community. We believe that Special Olympics is more than sports, it is “Training For Life!”


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