Squaw brings on the funk to raise funds for area animals
Calling all dog-, cat- and even beer-lovers: This weekends festival at Squaw Valley is right up your alley.The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, the Village at Squaw Valley, Karl Denson and more than 15 breweries will help raise money for homeless pets at the annual Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest.Squaw has hosted the animal-friendly festival for six years, with proceeds benefiting the local Humane Society.Executive Director Caroline Walsh of the Squaw Village Neighborhood Company said because Squaw Valley is a dog- and cat-friendly place, they like to help with one of the Humane Societys biggest fundraisers.But the success of the event is owed to the breweries, she said.Their support really makes a difference in making it happen for us, said Walsh.Last year the festival brought in $18,000 and organizers set a goal this year of $25,000 to help save the areas homeless pets.All proceeds from the event, from beer tickets to tips, go to the Humane Society.We rescue 100 percent of the animals that need help … With that comes a lot of expenses. When we rescue animals they come from many different walks of life. Some of them are healthy, some are very ill, said Stephanie Hiemstra, the Humane Societys executive director.The animal organization also offers a low-cost spay and neuter program.The number-one reason [to have your pet spayed or neutered] is to curb the overpopulation problem. Its huge, and though were able to take care of the animals up here that are homeless, we cant get them all, said Hiemstra. Its one of the most important things pet owners can do.Plans for a new Humane Society shelter in Truckees new corporation yard are still far off, but the nonprofit group will launch its fundraising efforts early next year.It is coming along, but we dont want to get it out there too much until we kick off our campaign, said Hiemstra. But it is happening.