Human Society relys on community donations
As the leaves change and the air becomes crisp, the annual appeal for the animals goes into the mail and Santa Paws starts getting ready for an annual appearance to benefit local pets in need. Supported 100 percent by individual donations, the Lake Tahoe Humane Society and S.P.C.A. depends greatly on the year-end generosity of local residents to continue its work, including running a private animal rescue shelter.
This year, along with seasonal moves, more than 250 donor addresses have changed due to the move of the Meyers Post Office. If you would like to receive the annual mail appeal for the local Tahoe animals, please call and leave your new or corrected address at (530) 577-4521. It is simply too costly to have the Post Office provide the new addresses. The appeal is in the mail now.
Everyone is asked to maker their December calendar for two fun, fund-raising events. One benefit is brand new as a finale to the local nonprofit’s 35th anniversary. First, on Dec. 7 the 17th annual Photos with Santa Paws will take place at the American Legion Post 795 on Lake Tahoe Boulevard. Once again, Sierra Photo Center will donate full color 5-inch by 7-inch
prints and the opportunity to order reprints in time for holiday card inserts.
On Dec. 17, all are invited to take to the ice to skate their hearts out for the animals. “Cold Nose, Warm Heart” is the theme for the animal lovers’ skate-a-thon at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena. There will be prizes and surprises. The event will be the last of the 35th anniversary celebrations for the local society. Many people do not realize that there is no national humane society or society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, or government agency to help. Rescue, medical and social rehabilitation and rehoming programs are expense. Tahoe animals depend on Tahoe people.
In addition to charity, education programs and spay-neuter assistance, the local society rescues pets from overloaded government animal control and from private parties as funding allows. For more information about supporting local Tahoe animals in need, including event sponsors, canine boarding and training services, visit the donation supported shelter off Highway 50 in Meyers or call (530) 577-4521.
Dawn Armstrong is executive director of the Lake Tahoe Humane Society and S.P.C.A.
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