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Adoptions up 200 percent at Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe

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HSTT Volunteer Program Manager Erin Ellis, introduces Marco to his new home while awaiting adoption. The agency's new shelter provides spacious cat rooms that provides places for cats to play, nap and relax.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Dozens of dogs and cats will enjoy the holidays with their new families this month, as the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe saw a 200 percent increase in adoptions this November over last year.

The significant boost follows the September opening of a new, expanded shelter on Stevens Lane. According to Stephanie Nistler, executive director of HSTT, they had 15 adoptions (six cats and nine dogs) in November 2012. Last month 45 animals (18 cats and 27 dogs) found new homes. The numbers also reflect a continued increase in cat adoptions, which previously accounted for only a quarter of the adoptions.

"Our volunteer force has also grown exponentially," Nistler said. "Our volunteer sheets are completely filled in most days by people coming in to work with our cats and dogs and more than 40 people recently came out for a Saturday orientation. It's amazing the way our community has rallied around us. We are so blessed."

Founded in 1994 by a group of volunteers, the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe has become the driving force for animal rescue and adoption for the Truckee-North Lake Tahoe area.

During the last decade it has evolved into 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 programs.

In 2013 the organization was voted the best nonprofit in North Tahoe and Truckee by Sierra Sun readers.

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