TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Homeless pets will soon have an improved place to await adoption as the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe and their partner Truckee Animal Services prepare to open the community’s first public animal shelter.
Everyone is invited to attend a grand opening of the new facility, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at 10961 Stevens Lane, off of Stockrest Springs Road in Truckee. Adoptable pets will be available immediately
The new shelter will comfortably house more than 20 dogs and 60 cats, as opposed to eight dogs and 25 cats at the old facility. The new location has more windows allowing more natural light, indoor-outdoor access for dogs, a quarantine area, medical treatment room, and administrative area. The larger location will also allow the organization to offer adoptions 40 hours per week, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The grand opening kicks off with a ribbon cutting by Mayor Carolyn Dee at 10 a.m. The day’s main festivities will commence at noon, and the first 50 adopters will be entered into a drawing for a Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Bronze Pass. Red Truck and Mamasake food trucks will be on hand, as well as balloon twisters and face painters for the children.
“We are beyond thrilled to be at the point where we are finally moving into our long-awaited and desperately needed new animal shelter,” said Stephanie Nistler, executive director of HSTT. “As a joint facility between HSTT and the town of Truckee, our partnership has proven stronger than ever as we’ve prepared for this day.”
Nistler noted that with the extended hours and ability to house more animals on site, the organization projects adoptions will increase by 54 percent by the end of the first year and 80 percent by the end of the second year of operations.
“We’re so proud that we’ll be able to serve our community in a more effective and efficient way than ever before. And of course, most importantly, we will save many more lives than we ever dreamed possible, thanks to the tremendous support of this incredible community,” she said.
The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe continues to seek donors to assist with final shelter construction funding needs, and naming opportunities are still available for various wings of the new facility. To become a Hero with the Heroes Now & Forever campaign, visit www.HSTT.org or call 530-587-5948.
Founded in 1994 by a group of volunteers, the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe has evolved to a nationally recognized nonprofit organization with four employees and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, offering a variety of services and programs, including adoption days, fostering, public education, pet-assisted therapy, and community spay and neuter programs. In 2013, the organization was voted the best nonprofit in North Tahoe and Truckee by Sierra Sun readers.
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