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Creating a no-kill shelter in Truckee-Tahoe

Before I started working for the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, I worked for No More Homeless Pets in Utah, a program of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, which is rightfully one of the most well-respected animal welfare organizations in the country.

My position with NMHPU was to work with the animal control agencies and the nonprofit animal organizations to help them unite and develop strategies to save as many lives as possible. There was a lot of work to do but I discovered the most difficult part was getting people to collaborate.

Although working together would have made everyone’s life easier, there were often roadblocks that made the process “too” difficult to move forward. Of course, those who chose to work together have made great progress in the state of Utah, including making several counties completely no-kill for healthy homeless pets. This would never have happened had they not opted to work together.

There is no question that collaborating with others can be difficult. The key to making it work is having open-minded people on every side who are willing to listen and understand everyone’s views. Once people see eye to eye, anything is possible.

Without my previous experience, I might not be aware of how incredibly lucky we are here in Truckee. The Town of Truckee Animal Control Department is dedicated to working with the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe and our mission of saving and improving the lives of pets in our community.

The Animal Control Department is made up of some of the greatest people I have met in this town. Dan Olsen, the supervisor, is truly a pleasure to work with and he and his staff always give 110 percent to make things better for our town and our pets.

Working as a team has allowed us to make great progress for the homeless pets in our community. We are very proud of where we are, but we still have a long way to go.

We have big plans for the future of the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe and they all include the Town of Truckee Animal Control Department.

We will, together, continue to save and improve the lives of all pets in our beautiful town.

Stephanie Heimstra is the executive director of the Truckee-Tahoe Humane Society.