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Hopeful Henry: What do the agencies do?

Dear Hopeful,

Can you tell me exactly what the Lake Tahoe Humane Society does in comparison with the county shelter.


Curious and Confused

Dear Curious and Confused.

I completely understand your confusion and glad you are curious, I get asked about this a lot. We are very lucky to have a great county animal shelter with El Dorado County Animal Services.

Here is what the El Dorado County Animal Services does for our community:

Field Services

Field Services enforces state statutes and county ordinances regulating animal care and welfare, investigates citizens’ complaints of animal neglect or nuisance and responds to reports of loose and injured animals. Animal Services also inspects and licenses animal establishments and kennels.

Rabies Control Program

The Rabies Control Program investigates animal bites and human exposures to rabies, provides low-cost rabies vaccinations and processes licenses for dogs. Learn how to avoid dog bites, and teach children to be safe around dogs. Report animal bites or rabid animals.

Shelter Operations

Shelter Operations houses and cares for stray, unwanted or displaced animals. Every effort is made to place healthy, adoptable animals in new permanent, loving homes. Shelter Operations also coordinates foster and volunteer programs, educates the community on pet overpopulation and assists people who have lost or found a pet.

Licenses For Your Pet, other than it’s the law — here are six great reasons to license your dog:

1. A license tells everyone that your pet is not a homeless stray.

2. Pets found with identification can be reunited quickly with their owners. When found, Animal Services may be able to deliver your pet home to you, possibly skipping a trip to the animal shelter.

3. Animal Services will call you or send you a letter if your pet comes to the shelter wearing a license.

4. Your current pet license is proof that your pet has been vaccinated against rabies.

5. Your pet gets a longer holding period. When found, your licensed pet will be cared for at the County Animal Shelter for a longer time.

6. Impound fees for licensed dogs are less than for unlicensed dogs.

If you need help with any of the above services or have any questions about El Dorado Animal Services and how they can help, call them at 530-573-7925.

This is what the Lake Tahoe Humane Society does for our community:

Lost pet, adoption and placement assistance

Pet of the Week features pets to promote shelter adoptions; self-contained transport unit and volunteers enable periodic mobile adoption events for shelter animals; breed rescue referrals and rescue networking support private adoptions and placements. If you have lost a pet, please report it to us so we can post via social media, currently we have about an 80-percent success rate in reuniting lost pets with their owners.

Spay-Neuter Support

Spay-Neuter vouchers enable residents to afford healthier, happier pets. In addition, every pet spayed or neutered helps keep homes available for orphaned shelter animals.

Charitable Emergency Veterinary Subsidy

Referrals and financial support assists in pet emergencies on a case-by-case basis as funds are available. Since January 2014, we have helped save the lives of more than 200 pets.

Charitable Emergency Pet Food Bank

Pet Food Bank is maintained for people suffering from financial difficulties or have low-income. Pet meals are also provided to Bread & Broth, which distributes to families with pets in need. The Food Bank is also used for disaster relief. Pet food donations are always welcome and can be dropped off at our office located at 884 Emerald Bay Road.

Disaster Relief

In partnership with other agencies, such as the American Red Cross, El Dorado County Animal Services and the Lake Tahoe Unified School District, the Lake Tahoe Humane Society Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) is at the ready to provide pet food, supplies, veterinary aid and temporary shelter for the community’s pets in the event of a disaster, such as the Angora Fire of 2007.

My Reading Buddy

Pet assisted literacy practice is offered at the South Lake Tahoe Library. A trained canine listener, animal books and a tutor are provided free-of-charge. Participate every Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. Repeat readers are eligible for prizes. Program offered at Boys & Girls club as well.

Animal Assisted Visitation

Pet assisted visitation at the Barton Skilled Nursing Center takes place three times per week. Teams are evaluated periodically. If you are interested in participating with your pet, call Liz Maul at 530.542.2857.

These are just some of the programs we currently offer. For full information about these and other programs, visit http://www.LakeTahoeHumaneSociety.org or feel free to call with any animal related questions 530-542-2857. Next week I will cover what the Lake Tahoe Humane Society is planning for its new location. Stay tuned.

Hoping this was helpful,

Hopeful Henry

Submit questions or letters via email to askHenry@LakeTahoeHumaneSociety.org or by mail to P.O. Box PET South Lake Tahoe Calif. 96158. The Lake Tahoe Humane Society and SPCA has a Facebook page, so stop by and check it out at http://www.Facebook.com/LakeTahoeHumane SocietySPCA, also become a Facebook friend of HopefulHenry at http://www.Facebook.com/Hopeful.Henry or follow him on twitter @lthumanesociety.

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