Truckee Humane Society: New regional shelter set-up a success after year one
November 9, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Last month marked the one-year anniversary of the agreement to share resources and form a partnership for the betterment of animals among Placer County, the town of Truckee and the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.
Placer County moved its shelter operation from the Tahoe Vista shelter, which served all of eastern Placer County, to the town-Humane Society facility.
"Our primary objective in partnering with the Town and the Humane Society was to decrease the length of stay by increasing the adoption rates," said Wesley Nicks, director of Environmental Health and Animal Services at Placer County. "The new environment is so much better for the animals and the adoption rates have dramatically improved. By sharing resources we are also saving the taxpayers' money on top of all that. It's just incredible."
Over the last year, HSTT has been able to find new homes for 100 percent of the adoptable and treatable pets received from Placer County.
The average length of stay for animals in the new shelter is 12.8 days for dogs and 46.5 days for cats. That is a significant decrease from the average length of stay of four to six months for dogs and nine months for cats at the old Tahoe Vista shelter.
"Every animal that has been able to be re-homed,' has been," said Dan Olsen, support services manager for the town of Truckee. "It's really a testament to the Town of Truckee and HSTT staff working well together. We're really happy with how the partnerships between the Town, HSTT and now Placer County have worked out."
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Adoption rates are only one of the many improvements for eastern Placer pets and their owners. The Humane Society also provides priority services such as spay and neuter clinics, and dog training classes.
HSTT recently received a $20,000 donation from Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation to continue to directly serve animals in the North Tahoe Basin. This donation is from funds raised by the Friends of the Tahoe Vista Animal Shelter and makes it possible for spaying and neutering to be offered at no cost for qualifying individuals in the eastern part of Placer County. Other area residents served by HSTT receive this service at a discounted rate.
"It has been a primary goal of ours to ensure the North Tahoe community knows we're here for them. From our perspective these partnerships have been really positive for the animals," said HSTT executive director Stephanie Nistler.
Since September 2015, HSTT has hosted 27 separate events to provide Tahoe Basin communities with access to information and services. This community outreach includes adoption days, spay and neuter clinics and informational tabling.
This article was provided on behalf of the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. Visit HSTT.org to learn more.
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