Snow squashes Truckee/Tahoe animal shelter office roof, officials seek aid |

Snow squashes Truckee/Tahoe animal shelter office roof, officials seek aid

Submitted to kmacmillan@sierrasun.comA look at the destroyed roof at one of the office buildings of the Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; A photograph shows the damage and#8212; splintered wooden crossbeams dangle down, bent metal supports bow at the center and electrical wiring laces in a curly stretch.

It is the remains of the roof of the modular trailer belonging to the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, a victim of last Friday’s heavy snowstorm, which caused its roof to collapse at the shelter’s downtown facility at 10720 Riverview Drive.

The kennel that houses animals remained unharmed.

and#8220;The damage to the roof is extensive enough that it has rendered the trailer unusable until it is repaired,and#8221; said Dan Olsen, the shelter’s animal services manager, in a statement. and#8220;We clear the snow off of the roof as it accumulates; unfortunately, last week’s series of storms came so hard and fast that we were not able to keep up.and#8221;

Olsen said the snow was wetter and heavier compared to past storms, and this added weight eventually led to the roof failure.

The modular trailer is used for staff office space, volunteer training sessions and to provide a quiet space for animals that are too scared or cold in the kennel. The facility also provided the only restroom at the kennel for staff and volunteers.

and#8220;Fortunately, no people or animals were inside when the roof gave way,and#8221; said Stephanie Jensen, executive director of the HSTT.

Currently, staff members who occupied the office space are working at home, at the kennel or in the shelter’s other office spaces. Jensen said the humane society is still investigating whether the roof can be fully repaired and does not have a timeline for completion.

The collapse only underscores the society’s need for a new animal shelter, Jensen said, a venture the humane society has embarked on recently in light of increasing regional needs for pet adoption.

While the humane society is well on its way to raising the money needed for a new shelter and accompanying office spaces, Jensen said it still has a long way to go, considering the downturn in the economy has made fundraising more difficult than originally anticipated.

As of Monday, the organization reported raising about half of the $3 million it feels is needed to construct the facility.

and#8220;We desperately need a new facility. We need our community to support this project,and#8221; Jensen said.

To learn more about how you can donate to HSTT’s capital campaign for a new facility, call 530-587-5948 or visit

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