In 2010, HSTT adopted out 311 dogs and cats — 36 more adoptions than the previous record of 275 set in 2008 and almost 100 more than in 2009.
“The economy has directly affected every aspect of the animal world,” said Nanette Cronk, animal programs director for the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. “The majority of turn-ins was due to people losing their jobs and homes. Fortunately, we were able to rely on our very dedicated foster volunteers.”
As people’s situations change because of the economy, they often have no place for their pets and turn them in to HSTT or Truckee Animal Services. The HSTT has no permanent shelter for these animals, but through a partnership with the Town of Truckee has been able to house a limited number of animals at the town’s kennel.
“The kennel can only hold about nine dogs and 30 cats,” Cronk said. “And at one point this year we had nearly 70 animals in foster homes and 108 total animals needing forever homes.”
In addition to the generous support of the organization’s foster volunteers, a growing awareness in the community about the need for a new shelter has contributed to the number of adoptions, said Stephanie Jensen, executive director of the HSTT.
“We’ve worked extremely hard over the years to build a presence in our community, so that despite not having a shelter, we continually increase the number of pets we adopt out,” Jensen said.
Even with this increase, HSTT works with potential adopters to make sure a pet is a good fit for the adopter’s situation.
The HSTT hopes to build on last year’s success and is launching the final push in its capital campaign to raise money to build a permanent animal shelter in Truckee, which will be open daily to the public and include real-life dog rooms, large colony-style cat rooms, and an education and training center. A new shelter would make it possible for HSTT to save more pets than ever before, but private donations are still needed to make this vision a reality. Supporters can visit www.hstt.org for more information or to contribute to the shelter building campaign.
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 HSTT’s Adoption Day, every Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Town of Truckee Animal Kennel, or call 530-581-3199 to schedule an appointment. To learn more about HSTT, call 530- 587-5948 or visit www.hstt.org.