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Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe receives $250,000 for new animal shelter

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The current kennel suffered winter damage, leaving the office unusable. In addtion, it is too small for the community's many animal needs.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; A married couple who wishes to be unnamed recently bolstered the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoeand#8217;s animal shelter campaign with a $250,000 donation.

The donation is the second $250,000 donation from an individual or family foundation for the new shelter. To date, the organization has raised about one-half of its $3 million goal.

and#8220;We are well on our way to raising the money needed for the shelter, but we still have a long way to go,and#8221; said Stephanie Jensen, executive director of the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. and#8220;We really need our community to rally behind this project and help us raise the rest of the money.and#8221;

HSTT is in desperate need of a new shelter, Jensen said. The current 1,000-square-foot kennel was built in 1998 as a temporary holding kennel for abandoned, seized and rescued dogs and cats. Through a partnership with the Town of Truckee, HSTT houses a limited number of animals at the shelter, and many more dogs and cats are in volunteer foster homes.

Heavy snows during a recent storm caused the roof of the current kenneland#8217;s office to collapse, leaving the building unusable until it can be repaired.

The current kennel can only accommodate about eight dogs and 30 cats, although at times, there are upwards of 30 dogs and 80 cats in need of shelter. Such limited space can terrify animals, often causing aggression and fights among dogs and stress-induced illness in cats, Jensen said. The kennel also lacks adequate space to quarantine sick or injured animals, and because of its location in the Town Corporation Yard, it is only open to the public two hours per week for adoptions.

and#8220;It breaks my heart to see the animals at the current kennel, some of whom have been there for more than two years,and#8221; Jensen said. and#8220;With a new shelter open daily to the public, animals wonand#8217;t have to wait so long to be adopted.and#8221;

HSTT has partnered with the Town of Truckee to share the cost of construction and operation of a new shelter. Approximately 1.5 acres of land have been secured at no cost to HSTT. However, in order to maintain the agreement with the town, HSTT must raise their portion of the funds before starting construction. While the recent donations have helped, the economic downturn has made fundraising more difficult than originally anticipated, and the organization is looking to the local community to help make the shelter a reality.

The new shelter was designed to accommodate current and future needs by an architect who specializes in shelters and veterinary hospitals. The facility will include real-life rooms for dogs and large, colony-style cat rooms, with perches, windows to the outside, and natural sunlight.

The building will include an education and training center, allowing HSTT to expand its humane education, dog training and pet assisted therapy programs. Open daily to the public, the new shelter will provide a convenient location for people to meet and adopt their future pets.

and#8220;I really hope the people in our community who love animals will help us complete this fundraising drive and give our homeless pets a better life,and#8221; Jensen said. and#8220;Every single donation, no matter how large or small, will dramatically change the lives of thousands of homeless animals.and#8221;

Anyone interested in making a contribution is encouraged to contact Jensen at 530-587-5948.

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe is dedicated to saving and improving the lives of pets through adoptions, community spay/neuter services and humane education programs. To meet adoptable dogs and cats, go to HSTTand#8217;s Adoption Day, every Saturday, noon-2 p.m. at the Town of Truckee Animal Kennel, or call 530-581-3199 to schedule an appointment. To learn more about how you can donate to the capital campaign, call 530-587-5948 or visit http://www.hstt.org

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com


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