Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Duck Race?

The 2023 Nevada Humane Society Duck Race is a benefit for the homeless animals of our community, in particular those aided by Nevada Humane Society. Members of the community “adopt” rubber ducks for the chance to win amazing prizes that will be announced soon!

When and where will the Duck Race be held?

Wingfield Park on August 12, 2023 from 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Address: 2 S Arlington Ave, Reno, NV 89501

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How does the duck adoption process work?

During the months before the Duck Race, the community is blanketed by NHS representatives to create awareness about the event and to “adopt” ducks for a fee. In order to adopt a duck (or multiple ducks), supporters fill out an “adoption paper.” Everyone who adopts a duck is entered into what we call E-Quack, a database that stores all of the information. Next to your name in E-Quack is the number of ducks you have adopted. The tag range is entered into E-Quack and all the numbers are shuffled up. Then, E-Quack automatically assigns the number of ducks you have adopted next to Tag Numbers. Thus, if you adopted 5 ducks, your name will be placed next to 5 different Tag Numbers. The day of the event, E-Quack automatically generates our list of winners which will be announced after our ceremonial duck race launch.

Are they real ducks or rubber ducks?

Rubber ducks, silly!

Once I adopt a duck, do I get to keep it?

No. By purchasing a duck you are entering that duck into the drawing to win the prize. You do not receive a physical duck.

How does the actual Duck Race work?

Winning numbers are randomly generated on the day of the event. We will announce and contact the winners!

How much do ducks cost to adopt?

A Lone Duck is $5

A Quack pack (5 ducks) is $20

A Quacker’s Dozen (13 ducks) is $50

A Beak Brigade (25 ducks) is $100

A Feathered Flotilla (50 ducks) is $200

What kind of prizes do the winning ducks receive?

The grand prize is a brand new Toyota or $15,000--winners choice, courtesy of Dick Campagni's Carson City Toyota! There are also other prizes to win throughout the race!

Where can you adopt ducks?

At the Nevada Humane Society shelter, over the phone by calling 775-856-2000 ext 335 and online at

Is the duck adoption fee tax-deductible?

Due to value received and the fact that prizes are awarded, entries are not considered tax deductible by the IRS.

When will prize winners be announced?

Day of event: August 12, 2023

Is there a minimum age for duck adoption prize winners?

Prize winners must be 18 years of age or over and must pay any applicable sales tax or other fees associated with any prize received.

Where can one get more information?

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  • Call: Nevada Humane Society, 775-856-2000, ext. 335