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Tahoe Vista Animal Shelter to close Sept. 1 after 42 years

Margaret Moran
mmoran@sierrasun.com

TRUCKEE, Calif. — After 42 years of operation, the Tahoe Vista Animal Shelter will close its doors next month.

Last Tuesday, Truckee Town Council unanimously approved a 30-year lease and operating agreement with Placer County to provide animal shelter services for the eastern portion of the county.

A week prior, the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved the same agreement, citing it being in the best interest of the animals, as the 42-year-old Tahoe Vista shelter does not meet Humane Society standards.

“We look forward to beginning operations with the (town of Truckee) as our new partner in collaboration to enhance sheltering services in eastern Placer County,” said Wesley Nicks, director of environmental health and animal services for the county. “Both agencies are committed to providing the best care for the animals possible.”

The agreement begins Sept. 1, with services transitioning to the town of Truckee Animal Shelter at 10961 Stevens Lane.

The shelter is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, except for town-recognized holidays.

On Sept. 1, the Tahoe Vista Animal Shelter at 849 Shelter Road will be vacated, Nicks said. It is unknown how the county will use the facility afterward.

Should a resident’s animal be picked up by a county animal control officer and the owner is unable to travel to Truckee, the county will return the animal for free after all vaccinations, licensing and microchip information is updated, Nicks said.

While the agreement expires on Sept. 1, 2044, the county has the right to terminate it at any time without cause by giving a 60-day written notice.

The town may terminate the agreement in the event the county itself, or through a third party, houses or conducts animal adoptions within the first five years of the agreement.

In the event of a termination, the county will not receive a refund or reimbursement of its $750,000 payment.