Save the planet, save a pet (opinion) |

Save the planet, save a pet (opinion)

Niki Congero
Tribune Opinion Columnist
Spot is a 4-year-old American bulldog. He is house trained, has good manners and walks on a leash well.Spot loves car rides, does well with other dogs and has lived with children. Sadly he had to come to the shelter because a new baby in the family was allergic to him. Please come visit Spot at The El Dorado County Animal Services, 530-573-7925. Don’t forget all animals come spayed or neutered, with all vaccinations and a microchip! For spay-neuter services and other support, call the Lake Tahoe Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at 530-542-2857. Update on last week’s pets: Mewtoo is still looking for her forever home, but Coco the pup was adopted.
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Earth Day is coming and Lake Tahoe Humane Society, along with South Tahoe Refuse, is celebrating all month long.

South Tahoe Refuse is generously matching any money earned through South Tahoe Refuse Buy Back Center that is being donated to the Lake Tahoe Humane Society during the month of April. This means you can help local animals in need without opening your wallet.

It’s super simple — just take your plastic bottles, glass bottles and aluminum cans to the center, located on 2192 Ruth Ave., and request that the money earned from your recyclables is donated to Lake Tahoe Humane Society. If you can’t make it to the center, you can also drop off recyclables directly to Lake Tahoe Humane Society at 884 Emerald Bay Road (next door to Brothers Bar and Grill) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Don’t forget the official Earth Day Celebration Saturday, April 23, at Bijou Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In honor of Earth Day, I thought I would share some things you can do to cut down on waste and raise the quality of your pet’s life while helping our planet and keeping green.

Spring cleaning: Empty out the dark corners of your closets, basement and attic, but before throwing your dusty treasures away, call your local shelters and ask if they need old towels, bedding, leashes, litter boxes and pet toys.

Buy healthy food: Conventional pet foods have been known to contain some pretty nasty ingredients including pesticides, hormones, animal byproducts and antibiotics. Yes, organic pet food can get pretty pricey, but healthy diets means fewer vet visits and medical bills.

Scoop dog poop: Dog waste is very harmful to the environment, especially up here at the lake. Excess nutrients in dog waste act like fertilizers in our waterways, which can increase algae growth and decrease oxygen available for fish. Bacteria like E. coli can be found in dog waste which can spread disease. When walking your pup always pick up after them even in locations you may think you don’t have to like in the forest, and when using doggie waste bags make sure to use the biodegradable type.

Spot on: Should your furry family member leave a little dribble (or more) on the carpeting or floor, don’t reach for the bleach. Use vinegar instead. This environment-friendly liquid can act as an effective odor-remover and can kill mold and bacteria.

Cut back: There are plenty of small ways to cut back on energy and materials. Instead of using a blow dryer to dry your freshly bathed pet, towel or air dry them. Walk your dog to the doggie park rather than driving there. Or cut down on paper products — clean up with rags or recycled paper towels.

Recycle: Gather your plastic, glass bottles and aluminum cans and bring to South Tahoe Refuse Buy Back Center for recycling. Don’t forget to donate to the Lake Tahoe Humane Society and earn them extra bucks during the month of April.

Together we can make a difference for our planet and our pets.


It’s time again to submit your furry family member’s photos to the Lake Tahoe Humane Society’s calendar/card photo contest. Visit and click on the calendar link, scroll to bottom of the page, fill out the form and submit your photo. It’s a fun way to support Lake Tahoe Humane Society and help them help local animals in need.

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, or

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