TAHOE/TRUCKEE — Animal enthusiasts and their dogs of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to take part in the inaugural Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe’s Tennies andamp; Tails event Saturday, Sept. 1 at 9 a.m. at the Truckee River Regional Park.Participants and their dogs will park (for free) and register at the Regional Park on Brockway Road in Truckee, and they will descend the Legacy Trail to traverse a course set up along the river-front trail.This event is not limited to dog owners and their furry friends. In fact, the only requirement is support for the Humane Society — animal lovers without their pets, kids, families with strollers, young and old alike are all expected to come together for this feel-good community event.Tennies andamp; Tails will compose two races. A three-mile run will commence at 9 a.m. and a one-mile walk will follow at 9:10 a.m. Imagine a whole town full of dog owners coming out to raise money for the region’s new animal shelter. Participants are encouraged to gather sponsors for their run or walk to help increase the total amount of money raised.For those who pre-register, Tennies andamp; Tails registration cost is $20 for each dog owner plus their leashed dog. Actually, for two leashed, well-behaved dogs under control are permitted per owner. Please note that all registered dogs must have current vaccinations.Day-of registration fees increase to $30, and participants can register as early as 7:30 a.m. Children under 5-years-old are free. To pre-register or for more info, visit www.hstt.org/events or call 530-587-5948.All proceeds from Tennies andamp; Tails will go toward much-needed building funds for the new HSTT animal shelter which is currently under construction. Another way to support the HSTT “Be A Hero Now andamp; Forever” campaign which is quickly gaining momentum is to create an online fundraising page through FirstGiving.com. This creative, collective fundraising mechanism allows individuals to reach out to their circle of friends to help them raise money for a cause they passionately believe in. To learn more visit www.hstt.org/be-hero-now-and-forever.For those who haven’t heard, the HSTT has had tremendous success to date raising over $2.5 million dollars to fund the shelter’s construction. Unfortunately, due to higher than anticipated construction costs, they have encountered a shortfall and they now face an urgent need to raise additional funds. The new shelter, which broke ground in early July on Stockrest Springs Road above downtown Truckee, will provide much needed expanded space. Once built, it will replace an inadequate facility — originally built to house eight dogs and 30 cats, the current shelter cannot accommodate the growing population, which can number 25 dogs and up to 70 cats at any given time.For more information log onto www.HSTT.org or call 530-587-5948.
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