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Black Tie & Tails generates big money for homeless pets

Special to the Sun

Courtesy Keoki Flagg

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Black Tie & Tails, the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe's signature fundraiser, raised more than $65,000.

The event at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe sold out weeks in advance and was attended by more than 330 people and 100 dogs — all dressed to impress. Funds were raised through a Just Give auction, as well as a silent auction featuring more than 100 items donated by local and regional shops. All money raised will go to directly caring for and finding homes for homeless pets.

"We are overwhelmed with gratitude," said HSTT executive director Stephanie Jensen Nistler. "Our guests, sponsors, volunteers and everyone involved made it an amazing and huge success. This infuses us with income so that we can help homeless pets in the community throughout the year."

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe was founded in 1994 by a group of volunteers and has become the driving force of animal rescue and adoption for the Truckee-North Lake Tahoe area. During the last decade it has evolved to a nationally recognized nonprofit organization with four employees and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, offering a variety of services and programs, including adoption days, fostering, public education, pet-assisted therapy, and community spay and neuter.

Events like Black Tie & Tails help the Humane Society with their operating expenses, however the HSTT has another need for fundraising. While they have had tremendous success to date raising more than two million dollars to fund the construction of a new animal shelter, due to higher than anticipated construction costs, the organization has encountered a shortfall.

The Humane Society re-launched its Heroes Now & Forever campaign to raise the final $600,000 dollars needed to build the new animal shelter, which has broken ground at Stockrest Springs Road in Truckee.

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