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Tahoe Vista animal shelter fundraiser set for Saturday

Placer County's Tahoe Vista Animal Shelter, seen here, would close if an agreement is reached to house animals in need in Truckee.
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KINGS BEACH, Calif. — The Friends of Tahoe Vista Animal Shelter is hosting a “Save Our Shelter Luau Party” Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Steamers Beachside Bar & Oven in Kings Beach.

This event is one of many fundraisers the nonprofit group is hosting to raise funds to keep the local animal shelter open for business.

All dogs and their owners are welcome to the event that is part of the shelter’s $5.7 million dollar capital fundraising campaign.

“We are working on several community partnerships, shared services and resources in an effort to secure funding for a new facility,” said volunteer Linda Slack-Cruz

Competitions are scheduled throughout the day Saturday at Stamers, with prizes awarded to the best competitors in the “Give the Dog A Bone” event that challenges canines in their ability to sniff out a giant buried bone.

Other competitions include “Best Costume,” “Cutest Costume,” “Bobbing for Treats” and “Most Talented.”

“It’s a day full of fun for our four legged friends,” said Slack-Cruz, who will be there all day to help orchestrate other events that include a “Dog Kissing Booth,” “Doggy Painting,” an “Obstacle Course,” “Bobbing for Treats” and a silent auction. “We are fortunate to have our community support this event and all of our efforts to retain our business and rebuild a new home for the shelter in the near future.

The current shelter, which is about 40 years old, at 849 Shelter Road in Tahoe Vista is open daily Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It may close later this year if the Placer County Board of Supervisors votes to sign a deal with the town of Truckee and merge animal services and pet adoption with the nearly new Truckee Tahoe Humane Society Shelter on Stevens Lane in Truckee.

For information on the Friends of Tahoe Vista Animal Shelter, or on Saturday’s fundraiser, visit TahoeVistaAnimalShelter.com or call 530-414-3573.

Linda Slack-Cruz can be contacted by email at slackcruz@att.net.

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