Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe Announces Emergency “Giving Tuesday”
TRUCKEE, CALIF. (April 21, 2020) – The economic impact of COVID-19 will sadly result in an uptake in animal relinquishments within the community due to financial hardship and changes in housing caused by that hardship. The decision to rehome a pet is heartbreaking and sad. The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe (HSTT) is here to help pet owners through that selfless process by providing medical care, healthy food and a safe, warm place to live for every pet that comes their way.
To help raise money to prepare for these costs, HSTT is participating in an emergency “Giving Tuesday,” campaign on May 5th. On that day, the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe will have $20,000 in matching funds available and everyone who makes a $150 tax-deductible contribution will be entered to win a $500 VISA gift card.
“So far, HSTT has been able to meet the need through the generosity of our volunteers, the community and through purchases with a very generous grant given to us by the Town of Truckee,” said Erin Ellis, Community Engagement Director. “In order to continue these programs and our efforts to help people and pets in our community, we need monetary donations more than ever.”
Additionally, contributions will help community members care for their pets during these trying times with help from HSTT’s free Pet Pantry food distribution program, and once they return to normal operations, through the Wellness Clinics providing free vaccinations and microchips to animal owners in need. The goal is to provide all the support possible to keep pets in their homes with the people who love them. Still, HSTT is preparing to rehome an increased number of pets over the coming months. Donate at HSTT.org to help the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe provide these valuable and necessary services to our community.
Despite their shelter closure, HSTT staff remains busy providing these benefits to our animal-loving community:
Free Pet Food Delivery: The HSTT is partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe to distribute pet food to families enrolled in the Boys & Girls Club’s food assistance program. The HSTT is starting a delivery service that people can access and sign up for through HSTT.org. The non-profit is also dropping off pet food at the local Senior Centers in Truckee and Sierra County and Bread and Broth in South Lake Tahoe.
Free Adoption for healthcare professionals and first responders: To recognize the hard work, dedication and selflessness exemplified by the community of health care professionals and first responders, HSTT is launching a free pet adoption program. The initiative covers employees of Tahoe Forest Hospital, Barton Memorial Hospital, Incline Village Community Hospital and first responders/home/hospice care providers throughout the Lake Tahoe region.
Curbside Adoption: While so many people are staying at home, this situation has opened up space and time in people’s daily lives to welcome a new pet. HSTT has implemented a system that allows them to place adoptable pets in loving, forever homes while still maintaining social distancing and mitigating potential exposure. They are currently offering adoptions of pets via “curbside” adoptions. The program includes matching pets and prospective adopters, setting up virtual meetings for people to get to know the animals, and then scheduling a hands-free curbside pick-up. Those interested in adopting can visit HSTT.org to see available pets. You can also email: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Pet Food Distribution: HSTT and Town of Truckee Animal Services want to keep as many pets in homes as possible during these uncertain times. Pet owners experiencing financial hardship can drop by the Truckee Animal Shelter or our South Lake Tahoe location to pick up free pet food.
Truckee food pick up is available at HSTT’s Pet Pantry everyday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. HSTT is also distributing food in low income areas in Truckee and North Lake Tahoe. The Truckee Animal Shelter is located at 10961 Stevens Lane in Truckee.
South Lake Tahoe food pick up is available at 3438 South Lake Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12:00 -3:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00-12:00.
Other Ways You Can Help
Walk Your Dog
Don’t just take the dog for a walk — take the walk for a dog! People can simply download the WoofTrax app, select Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe as the nonprofit they’d like to support and keep on walkin’. Each time they hit the start and stop button on WoofTrax, it tracks their walks and makes a donation to the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.
The animal-loving community has come out in full-force opening their homes to shelter pets during the COVID-19 crisis. Because of the overwhelming response of foster support, the HSTT has no pets that need to be placed in foster homes at this time. If people are interested in becoming a foster for future pets, just fill out the online Foster Application here.
About the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe: The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe was founded in 1994 by a group of volunteers. Shortly after establishment, the Humane Society and the Town of Truckee became partners and together have become the driving force of animal welfare in their region through rescue, protection and adoption. The partnership has continued to grow over the past two decades, solidifying a long-standing relationship in September of 2013 by opening the region’s first public animal shelter. This facility, located at 10961 Stevens Lane in Truckee, maximizes efficiency and effectiveness by housing the public and private entities under the same roof. The opening of a second location at 3438 Lake Tahoe Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe has enabled the agency to service the entire Lake Tahoe region.
The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe is saving 100 percent of the community’s adoptable homeless pets. In addition, they rescue animals from overcrowded shelters whenever space allows.