Donate to help local animals in need (opinion) |

Donate to help local animals in need (opinion)

Niki Congero
Tribune Opinion Columnist
Cookiebun and Selenium are a couple of male, neutered rabbits that need a loving home. Their adoption fee is only $15 and they come with cages. Come visit these cute boys out at The El Dorado County Animal Services, 530-573-7925. For spay-neuter services and other support, call the Lake Tahoe Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at 530-542-2857.
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Starting at midnight on May 3, our greater Tahoe community will come together once again for the BIG Day of Giving, a 24-hour fundraising challenge to support regional nonprofits.

In its third year, the BIG Day of Giving has raised nearly $9 million for nonprofits serving our region.

This year, organizers hope to raise $6 million in online donations from 30,000 donors for 570 local nonprofits.

The BIG Day of Giving has been generously supported by incentive partners, which provide a pool of prorated incentive dollars to amplify every donation. Donors can be assured that their investment will go further. Additionally, nonprofits can compete for prize challenges throughout the day and motivate their donors to help them win extra cash. Outreach and business partners in the community have been incredibly generous in their support of the BIG Day of Giving as ambassadors by getting the word out and encouraging others to give to strengthen our nonprofit sector.

The BIG Day of Giving is a collaboration of GiveLocalNow and community foundations: Sacramento Region Community Foundation, Placer Community Foundation and Yolo Community Foundation.

Lake Tahoe Humane Society is very excited to be involved with the BIG Day of Giving again this year. We are celebrating it with an open house from 4-7 p.m. at our office located at 884 Emerald Bay Road next to Brothers Bar & Grill. This is your opportunity to come see what we do for the community and check out our new shelter project. It’s also a great time to enter your furry family member in our Tahoe Pets calendar contest. Lake Tahoe Humane Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017, so the calendar is going to be extra special. We will be serving up food and drinks and, of course, offering a great raffle.

Donations will be accepted during the open house and will apply to our BIG Day of Giving goal. If you can’t make it, but would like to help local animals in need, donations can be made via our website — All donations made May 3 will apply to our goal.

Learn more about BIG Day of Giving at

Hopeful Henry is a column managed by Niki Congero, executive director of Lake Tahoe Humane Society & S.P.C.A. Submit questions or letters via e-mail to or by mail to P.O. Box PET South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158. For more information, visit SocietySPCA, Hopeful.Henry or

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