Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe and the town of Truckee break ground for shelter |

Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe and the town of Truckee break ground for shelter

Courtesy Meg BoucherThe town of Truckee and Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe broke ground on a new animal shelter facility. Front row: Town Council Member Barbara Green, Mayor Joan Jones, HSTT Board Member Gary Wood, Town Council Member Carolyn Dee, HSTT Board President Jill Dobbs, and HSTT Director Stephanie Jensen.Middle/back row: HSTT Animal Programs Manager Nanette Cronk, HSTT Membership Coordinator Dale Lawrence, Town Public Works Director Dan Wilkins, HSTT Volunteer Coordinator Erin Ellis, Town Manager Tony Lashbrook, HSTT Foster Liaison Linda Holman, HSTT Board Member Pete Kristian, HSTT Board Member Mike Ryan, HSTT Volunteer Vicki Kerner, HSTT Capital Campaign Chair Georgia Smith, HSTT Volunteer Hartley Lesser, Town Council Member Mark Brown, HSTT Board Member Pattie Lesser.

TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Town of Truckee staff, council members and the mayor joined Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe (HSTT) executive director Stephanie Jensen, board members, staffers and supporters galore with spades and shovels in hand to commemorate the ground-breaking of the regionandamp;#8217;s new animal shelter.Due to higher than anticipated building costs, the Humane Society has encountered a shortfall and they now face a need to raise additional funds to make sure the project moves forward and is completed next summer. To bridge the monetary building funds gap, the HSTT has re-launched its Heroes Now andamp; Forever campaign to raise $1 million dollars still needed. The Truckee Town Council recently voted to contribute $3.5 million to the project; additionally the town has donated land for the building site. The nonprofit has successfully raised $2.4 million dollars to date.Caring residents, second-homeowners, groups of individuals or businesses interested in joining the Heroes campaign and contributing $1,000 each (donations can be split into two or four payments) can log onto or call 530-587-5948. Larger and smaller contributions are also welcome.The new shelter will provide much-needed expanded space and will replace a very inadequate, dilapidated facility. Built to house eight dogs and 30 cats, the current shelter cannot accommodate the growing population, which can number 25 dogs and up to 70 cats at any given time.Those who commit to the HSTTandamp;#8217;s Heroes campaign will receive recognition on a donor wall in the new shelterandamp;#8217;s lobby and an invitation to a private grand opening celebration. Naming opportunities of the facilityandamp;#8217;s various wings, hallways, rooms or outdoor areas are also available to honor donors, families, businesses or beloved pets for gifts larger than $5,000. For more information or to contribute online, visit or call 530-587-5948.

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