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Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe’s roof collapses during snowstorm
by Tribune Staff
Apr 05, 2011 | 1063 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Heavy snow from the most recent storm to hit the Sierras caused the roof of the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe’s (HSTT) kennel office to collapse, leaving it unusable.

“The damage to the roof is extensive enough that it has rendered the trailer unusable until it is repaired,” said Dan Olsen, the Town of Truckee

animal services manager. “We clear the snow off of the roof as it accumulates, but unfortunately last week’s series of storms came so hard and fast that we were not able to keep up. That, coupled with the fact that the snow was wetter and heavier than past storms, led to the failure of the roof. About 10 roof trusses need to be repaired before we can use the trailer again.”

The modular trailer is used for staff office space, to hold volunteer trainings, and to provide a quiet daytime solace for animals that are too scared or too cold in the kennel. It is also the only restroom at the kennel for staff and volunteers.

“Fortunately, no people or animals were inside when the roof gave way,” said Stephanie Jensen, executive director of the HSTT.

The charity is in desperate need of a new animal shelter. Currently, the homeless pets in the community are held in foster care, in private homes or in a kennel that was built as a temporary shelter nearly 12 years ago. The organization’s staff offices are located in two locations, one downtown and the one which collapsed near the current kennel facility.

“This is another example of how inadequate our current facilities are,” Jensen said. “We simply can’t weather another winter in this location. We desperately need to get our new shelter built.”

HSTT is in the middle of a capital campaign to build a new community animal shelter. While the campaign is going well, the downturn in the economy has made fundraising more difficult than first anticipated. The organization has raised about one-half of the $3 million needed to construct the new shelter.

“We are well on our way to raising the money needed for the shelter, but we still have a long way to go,” Jensen said. “We really need our community to rally behind this project and help us raise the rest of the money. Our animals deserve it.”

To meet adoptable dogs and cats, go to HSTT’s Adoption Day from noon to 2 p.m. every Saturday 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
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