Humane Society shelter opens to public |

Humane Society shelter opens to public

Photo by Ryan Salm/Sierra SunNanette Cronk waits for Pancho the Chihuahua to jump in her lap.

Beginning Saturday, people interested in adopting animals may visit their future pet at the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe’s once-secret kennel.

Employees of the shelter, which has been located at the Town of Truckee corporation yard for the past seven years, were previously unable to disclose the kennel’s location because of security and public safety concerns, said Executive Director Stephanie Hiemstra. Instead of inviting potential adopters to the shelter, society workers had to crate the animals and take them to a public location once a month.

“It’s been such a huge challenge for us because people couldn’t just drop in, but now I know our adoptions are going to increase,” Hiemstra said.

The Humane Society and the town were recently able to reassess the kennel’s situation and strike a new deal to allow public visitations on Saturday afternoons.

“Now people can see these animals in an environment in which the animal is comfortable,” Hiemstra said. “Hopefully we can inspire some people to come and volunteer as well.”

Humane Society volunteers can help by fostering animals or by socializing dogs and cats by taking the animals for walks or by just spending time with them. The society also hosts the summer Pet Expo, fundraisers and the Ruth Frishman Memorial Golf Tournament.

Truckee resident Ruth Frishman passed away last year and left approximately $500,000 to the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.

The funds will be used to build a new state-of-the-art, animal shelter in conjunction with the Town of Truckee and possibly Placer County, said Hiemstra.

The new shelter could house up to 30 dogs and dozens of cats at any given time ” up to 900 animals a year, according to Hiemstra, a vast improvement over the current shelter, which houses more than a dozen dogs in a kennel better suited for half that.

Call 587-5948 for more information.

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