Pet Foster Volunteers Wanted for Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe as Numbers Rise | South of Lake Tahoe

The pandemic has led to an unprecedented number of animals in need, and the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe (HSTT) is expanding its reach to help shelters across the country, and volunteers are needed.

The HSTT has always been committed to rescuing and helping 100% of pets in the Truckee and Eastern Placer County area, as well as assisting many other shelters whenever possible. In 2021, the HSTT worked with 30 different shelters across the country, saving over 400 animals in the process.

“Shelters everywhere are full, some well beyond capacity, and here in California, pets are entering shelters at rates we haven’t seen in years,” says Erin Ellis, director. of HSTT’s community involvement. “The need everywhere is great.”

Last year, the HSTT helped other shelters in California during the Caldor Fire – not only assisting staff and volunteers at the Douglas County Evacuation Shelter, but also transferring pets Douglas County and El Dorado County animal shelters in Truckee to make room for pets. during the South Lake Tahoe evacuation. HSTT has also helped Texas shelters during their cold crisis.

Helping pets and families around the world

70% of animals helped by HSTT came from shelters outside of the Tahoe area.

More than 50% of families who have adopted pets from HSTT live outside of the Tahoe area.

In a 4-day period in November, HSTT transferred a total of 49 pets – animals that otherwise might not have made it out of their current shelter.

How you can help

The HSTT is looking for volunteers to participate in its hospitality program. This is a life-saving and life-saving effort that provides temporary homes for animals in the care of HSTT. A foster family provides a nurturing environment for pets awaiting their forever home. The program adapts to what is best for the foster family and their home environment, allowing foster families to choose whether they wish to temporarily foster dogs, cats, puppies or kittens. HSTT provides all necessary support and supplies, and the foster family provides love and care for an animal in need.

There are foster parents needed around Lake Tahoe and Truckee.

If you would like to learn more about the program and how to become a host family, please contact Samantha Laroche, Host Program Manager, at

About The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe: The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe was founded in 1994 by a group of volunteers. Shortly after its inception, The Humane Society and the City of Truckee became partners and together became the driving force for animal welfare in their area through rescue, protection and adoption. The partnership has continued to grow over the past two decades, cementing a longstanding relationship in September 2013 by opening the region’s first public animal sanctuary. This facility, located at 10961 Stevens Lane in Truckee, maximizes efficiency and effectiveness by housing public and private entities under one roof. The opening of a second location at 3438 Lake Tahoe Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe allowed the agency to service the entire Lake Tahoe area.

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe rescues 100% of adoptable homeless pets in the community. Additionally, they rescue animals from overcrowded shelters whenever space permits.

For more information, visit or call 530-587-5948, or follow HSTT on Facebook at

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