CAPS: Is your BFF crying with joy?

Maxxy is a seven-month-old, short-haired domestic cat type.  He loves to play and likes to be petted while sitting on your lap.  He likes everyone, including other cats.

Maxxy is a seven-month-old, short-haired domestic cat type. He loves to play and likes to be petted while sitting on your lap. He likes everyone, including other cats.
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Dear Reader, I have just finished reading Starry Messenger by Neil deGrasse Tyson and found his observations on how humans communicate with other species spot on. According to deGrasse Tyson, humans are just now discovering the sophisticated emotions and thought processes of other species.

Recently, research into the cognitive abilities of dogs has questioned the role of tears in dogs. Dogs don’t cry like humans do, although they do experience feelings such as love, happiness, joy, sadness, sadness, and loyalty. Sad feelings will not make the tears flow.

You have many ways to express your feelings, but crying tears is not necessarily an expression of sadness. Some signs that your BFF is sad can include lack of energy, squinting, and whining.

A 2022 study found that tear volume increased in dogs when they reunited with their owners, and this was due to increased levels of oxytocin (aka the love hormone). Tears of joy include body wagging, tail wagging, eye contact, and face licking.

Dogs have tear ducts that keep their eyes comfortable and clear. These channels drain back into the nasal cavity instead of dripping out of the eye. If your dog has too many tears, there could be big problems. Check carefully for eye infections, discharge, or surface damage.

Because dogs are emotionally intelligent, they read their humans’ feelings and often mirror those feelings. Whether you associate crying with sadness or happiness, dogs have their own way of expressing these feelings that goes beyond shedding tears. Learning your BFF’s communication style is one step closer to understanding what she needs.


CAPS is in quarantine for dogs until after February 5th. We cannot accept or house dogs until the quarantine is over. There is no quarantine for cats.


We have five adorable puppies five to seven months old – one girl and four boys.

We also have seven fluffy kittens aged five to eight months – four boys and three girls of all colors of the rainbow. All of our babies need foster families. Call 775-7500 for details.


  • dog walkers! We are in dire need of volunteers to walk and socialize our dogs. Call 775-423-7500 for details.
  • Fancy Feast wet food for kittens.
  • Cat litter (lumps) for the comfort of our guests.
  • aluminum cans. We pick up your cans; Call us at 775-423-7500. You can also hand them in at CAPS.


  • Lahontan Elementary School for a generous donation. All tails wag for you!
  • Our volunteers, who walk the dogs even in the bitter cold. Four-pawed applause!


The Fallon Elks number 2239 are sponsoring a chili cook-off on February 11th. Doors open at 10am and judging is at 12pm. A donation to CAPS is the entrance fee and all proceeds go to CAPS. Bring your best chilli to warm you up on a chilly day. Call 775-428-1366 for details.

CAPS is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We propose dates for adoptions and food supplies.


  • Holidays in February: National Feline Health Month
  • You can sponsor an adoption by paying some or all of the adoption fees.
  • Due to rising costs for animal shelters and veterinary care, we have adjusted our adoption fees. Dog adoptions cost $150 for females and $125 for males. Cat adoptions cost $100 for females and $80 for males. All adoptees are healthy, spayed/neutered, microchipped and have all the necessary vaccinations.
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  • The CAPS mailing address is PO Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89407. The CAPS telephone number is 775-423-7500. The CAPS email address is [email protected] Please visit the CAPS website ( and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to “like” CAPS on Facebook because we’re personable.
  • Over the Rainbow: If you want your pet to be remembered, send his/her name and a brief description to Kathleen Williams-Miller, a CAPS volunteer, at [email protected]