Fund-raiser feathers Humane Society’s nest |

Fund-raiser feathers Humane Society’s nest

by Timothy Bowman

Noah isn’t the only one to set sail for animals.

The South Lake Tahoe Humane Society and the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals hosted its second annual Animal Ark fund-raiser Sunday. More than 150 participants boarded the Tahoe Queen for a two-hour cruise, complete with hors d’oeuvres, live music and a silent auction.

Humane Society Executive Director Dawn Armstrong said the event showed the level of commitment Tahoe residents have towards animals.

“The thing that is so wonderful is animals bring people from all walks of life,” Armstrong said. “The thing that is so surprising about this year is all of the kids with their parents. The Humane Society is involved in supporting youth. It is wonderful that these kids are here.”

Participants in the event said the cruise was a good time and it was for a good cause.

“I have been wanting to come on this and thought how fun it would be,” said donor Cindy Anderson. “There’s just too many unwanted pets. People just dump them off or whatever. You can tell when they are lost. They look lost.”

The Animal Ark raised about $9,700 for the Humane Society. Last year the event raised $18,000 for the society, enough to receive $100,000 in matching funds in June.

The society planned to open its shelter in September 2000, but couldn’t because the society had difficulty finding proper staffing, Armstrong said. Human Society Board of Director’s member Judy Brown said there was some uncertainty as to whether the grants and the funds raised would be enough money to keep the shelter running.

“When you have a society that functions on donations, it makes good business sense to wait until you have reasonable operating funds,” Brown said. “We want to have a sufficient amount of funds in the bank to maintain the animal shelter.”

Brown said the board of directors will be exploring new ways to raise funds to ensure the shelter stays open.

“We’re a relatively new board so we are going to be looking for new and other ways to raise money,” Brown said.

The Humane Society opened its shelter at 1063 Magua Street in Meyers for the first time since 1996. Currently the animal shelter is only accepting cats due to a faulty heating system in the section of the shelter designated for dogs. Armstrong said the society plans to make the repairs and begin taking dogs.

“A kennel heating valve went out and once that gets fixed we will start taking dogs,” Armstrong said.

The Humane Society funds a number of animal programs on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe. They also have plans to start new programs to benefit animals and the community.

“Our goals as a society are to keep the shelter open and have a mobile adoption van that would go around to parking lots around town and do the adoptions out of the van,” Brown said.

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