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New Truckee animal shelter to become a reality

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Photo courtesy Humane Society of Truckee-TahoeGroundbreaking for the new animal shelter in Truckee is set for June 2012, but fundraising remains a priority.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; After years of preparing, planning, designing and fundraising, the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, in partnership with the Town of Truckee, has announced a projected groundbreaking date of June 4. If all goes as planned the shelter is expected to open in late 2013.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 the townandamp;#8217;s new corporation yard have been secured at no cost to HSTT. The project has gone out to bid through the Town of Truckee, and all proposals are due by April 26 at 2 p.m. The new shelter was designed by Kappe+Du architects, the lead architect for the new corporation yard and Animal Arts of Boulder, Colo., an architectural firm that specializes in veterinary clinics and animal shelters. 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 future pets. While elated enough money has been raised to start construction, HSTT staff and supporters are quick to point out much work still has to be done and fundraising is not complete. andamp;#8220;We are several steps closer to realizing our dream of building a shelter, but we need our community to continue to support this project until we have met our ultimate fundraising goal,andamp;#8221; said Stephanie Jensen, executive director of the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. andamp;#8220;We still must raise money to complete construction and build an endowment that will ensure our success into the future.andamp;#8221;In addition to several shelter naming opportunities ranging from $5,000 to $250,000, the Heroes Now andamp; Forever Campaign is an excellent way to support the project, said Jensen.The goal of the Heroes Now andamp; Forever campaign is to get 1,000 people to donate $1,000. The donation can be made in one full payment, two $500 payments, or four $250 payments. To honor the 1,000 Heroes donors, a recognition piece will be installed in the main lobby of the new shelter, and donors will be invited to a private VIP facility tour and party prior to the grand opening.andamp;#8220;The response so far has been fantastic,andamp;#8221; Jensen said. andamp;#8220;Many people are finding it within their means and are excited to be involved in something that will make a major impact in the lives of the animals in our community.andamp;#8221;Anyone interested in joining the Heroes campaign is encouraged to contact Jensen at 530-587-5948 or visit http://www.hstt.org. For people who want to help but canandamp;#8217;t join the Heroes campaign, a donation of any amount will support the continuation of programs such as rescue and adoptions, pet assisted therapy, community spay and neuter and humane education. 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 HSTTandamp;#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.andamp;#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com