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Pet Network at Tahoe launches $1 million fundraising campaign

Margaret Moran
mmoran@sierrasun.com
A rescued four-week-old puppy is bottle fed Tuesday morning at Pet Network Humane Society.
Margaret Moran / North Lake Tahoe Bonanza |

How to donate

Online: petnetwork.org/donate

Mail: Send a check to Pet Network Humane Society at 401 Village Blvd., Incline Village, NV 89451

Phone: Call Pet Network Executive Director Jason Stipp at 775-832-4404

In-person: Visit Pet Network at 401 Village Blvd., Incline Village

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If you go

What: Pet Network Fundraising Event (open to the general public)

Where: Pet Network Humane Society, 401 Village Blvd., Incline Village, Nev.

When: 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 27

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Pet Network Humane Society is raising funds for what staff says is a much-needed facility overhaul that will ultimately improve the organization’s ability to place sheltered animals into forever homes.

Since October 2000, Pet Network has been operating out of its 15,300-square-foot building at 401 Village Blvd. in Incline Village, helping to rescue, shelter and adopt abandoned animals and those slated for euthanasia.

“We’ve seen tens of thousands of animals come through here and hundreds of thousands of guests, visitors, volunteers,” said Jason Stipp, executive director of the Pet Network. “The building is just worn out, and in order to keep our incredible lifesaving work going, we need to update.”

As a nonprofit, Pet Network relies on donations, and it recently launched a public fundraising campaign to help raise the $1 million needed to renovate.

Renovations include replacing the building’s heating and cooling system, installing new flooring, getting new outdoor kennel fencing and making environment enhancements to improve an animal’s stay.

“We’re trying to create housing for these animals that resembles more of a home environment,” Stipp said. “When you have that, you get happier animals, and happier animals are more adoptable.”

In 2014, Pet Network recorded 444 animal adoptions — 214 dogs and 230 cats.

‘A long ways to go’

Through a soft campaign launch, which involved reaching out to previous donors, Pet Network has already raised about $147,000 toward its fundraising goal, Stipp said.

With those funds, Pet Network in January started some minor renovations, including interior painting and flooring, he said.

Pet Network officials hope to raise the remaining funds through private donations and possible grant funding within the next two years.

“It’s always going to be a challenge (to raise the funds), but, again, we’re not asking for all this money overnight here,” Stipp said, referring to the officially launched March 12 renovation campaign. “We’re looking at this campaign to go for two years. … (The) money that we have raised so far is what has allowed us to get started here, but we are not done. We have a long ways to go.”

Renovations will be carried out as funding allows, with various naming rewards for those who contribute $1,000 or more.

“It’s really an ongoing thing over the course of the next two years because that dollar amount is just so high, and we obviously can’t do all that work at once,” Stipp said. “It’s going to be like fundraise, fundraise, fundraise, doing everything we can to bring in some (funds) for the renovation. Once we reach a certain dollar amount, we’ll target the most important things — attack those things and redo them.”

Will remain open

During these renovations, Pet Network intends to stay open. However, its hours are changing to be open longer — which is unrelated to facility work.

Starting April 1, Pet Network’s shelter will be open six days a week, closed only on Wednesdays. Its regular hours will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, excluding Wednesdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

“We’re trying to keep the place open because we can’t adopt any puppies or kitties if we’re closed,” Stipp said. “That doesn’t help us.”

Currently, the shelter is open Tuesday through Saturday — 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Being closed on Sundays and Mondays is not conducive to pet adoptions, Stipp said, explaining the reason for the change.

Pet Network would like to have all building renovations completed by the end of 2017, he said.

Visit petnetwork.org to learn more about Pet Network and its renovation campaign.


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