2016 Annual Report Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe

Adoption & Intake Stats

HSTT’s Proven Success


In September 2013, the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe and our partner, Truckee Animal Services, took occupancy of Truckee’s first public animal shelter, Remy's Rescue. The first year of operation in our new facility saw adoption numbers increase 58% and the total number of pets assisted increase 94%.

The success of our new shelter continues as the number of pets helped by HSTT increases. The number of pets adopted from our facility has increased 120% over this four year period.

This increase in adoptions not only helps homeless pets in our community, but makes it possible for us to expand our rescue efforts to include larger parts of rural Northern Nevada and areas of Northern California.

Our Adoption Match Program takes all steps necessary to make sure our pets are healthy, well socialized and at their best, then matches them to the perfect adoption candidate.

2016 Adoptions by Type

Approximately 600 homeless pets are expected to go home with new families in 2017 with the help of the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.


The foremost priority of our mission is “to save and improve the lives of pets”, so we help overcrowded/underfunded shelters by accepting their animals into our adoption programs when space allows. Not only does this relieve the overwhelming burden on shelters in neighboring communities, it provides deserving animals with a new opportunity to find an adoptive family. In 2016 we accepted 365 dogs and 104 cats in need of our help and found them loving homes.

Reasons Pets Were Relinquished to HSTT in 2016

93% of animals are relinquished due to owner issues rather than behavioral or health related issues.

Did you know...

That if we increase adoptions by only 20%, we will end euthanasia of homeless pets due to overpopulation in this country. That means 1.5 million adoptable pets each year would be given a second chance to live long, happy lives, rather than having them cut short because there is no place for them to go.

The vast majority of pets who end up in shelters are there through no fault of their own. In fact, only 7% of the animals turned in to shelters are relinquished for health or behavioral issues.

Helping Our Community Pets

HSTT’s Proven Programs

HSTT’s Low-Cost Community Spay/Neuter Programs provide low and no-cost surgeries to qualified limited-income, full-time residents of Truckee, Eastern Placer County, Eastern Nevada County and Sierra County. In addition, our CSN Program offers FREE spay and neuter services to local pit bulls and Chihuahuas, and we welcome all US military (active or retired) from any branch of the military to spay/neuter their dog or cat FREE of charge, with a valid military ID. In 2016, our CSN program provided surgeries for 290 pets, saving our community members in need an estimated $80,000.

Low & No-Cost Vaccine & Microchip Clinics

HSTT, in partnership with Town of Truckee, offers low-cost vaccine & microchip clinics at the shelter bi-annually, for residents of Truckee who may not otherwise afford to have their pets vaccinated or microchipped.

In 2016, HSTT introduced a new program providing FREE Vaccine & Microchip Clinics for permanent residents of Eastern Placer County, funded through a grant provided by WARF and Placer County. These clinics occur quarterly and serve populations of pets who have typically never seen a Veterinarian. In the two clinics that have taken place since inception of the new program, we have provided 88 individual pets with free vaccinations and microchips, 40% of which have been unaltered animals who gain access to our CSN programs.

Source: “Shelter Intake & Surrender” ASPCA, https://www.aspca.org/animal-homelessness/shelter-intake-and-surrender/pet-statistics. Accessed April 4, 2017.

Income & Expenditures

HSTT’s Financial Soundness

We rely on donor support.

Because we are not funded by the county, state or federal government or any other animal welfare agency, we rely heavily on donor support. Over 3/4 of our annual income comes from contributions from individuals.

Your donations fund veterinary expenses and medical treatment, behavior and training, animal care supplies, adoption/animal enrichment programs and staff and costs associated with maintaining a safe place for needy pets to await adoption.

Program expenses include adoption, low and no-cost community spay/neuter services and humane education.
Based on a five-day length of stay.

Did you know...

Statistics compiled by Giving USA 2016 determined only 3% of all charitable giving in the United States supported animals and the environment in 2015.

Your contribution to HSTT does more than save lives.

Donor support allows us to continue important programs designed to benefit children, limited-income families, seniors and people living with disabilities in our community.

After caring for every pet that comes to us from our community and pets we accept from other shelters, your dollars support these important programs:

• Our Humane Education Programs reach hundreds of students each year through in-classroom presentations and reading programs, summer camps and a free lecture series for high school students and adults.

• Our Volunteer Program gives adults with disabilities, kids and seniors the opportunity to learn skills while making a difference in the lives of homeless pets.

• Our Pet Assisted Therapy dogs bring smiles to hundreds of patients and extended-care residents throughout the year.

• Our Pet Pantry Program distributes roughly 2,250 pounds of pet food to families in need every year.

• HSTT’s Community Spay/Neuter Programs help limited-income individuals, U.S. military, and owners of surplus breeds living within our region with the cost of these expensive surgeries.

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe is proud to receive the highest level of recognition given by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations.
We are able to succeed in all of our endeavors only through the generous support of people like you. Again, thank you for your help and thank you for caring.

Visit http://weblink.donorperfect.com/donate_to_hstt to support our life-saving work today!

Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe - 10961 Stevens Lane, Truckee CA 96161

530-587-5948 - info@hstt.org - www.hstt.org

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