March 2020 Statement regarding COVID-19
Given the current pandemic, in an effort to reduce resource use, workload, and the potential for human exposure, shelters and spay neuter clinics have been advised by the Surgeon General to limit or discontinue "non-essential" or "elective" surgical procedures . Additionally, the American Veterinary Medical Association made a statement that veterinary practices can and should defer elective procedures to preserve medical supplies, but also must be able to provide medically necessary care.
For the purpose of these recommendations a non-emergency ("elective" or "non-essential") surgical procedure is one that is not urgently required in order to maintain the health of the patient. Most spays and neuters are non-emergency procedures.
Conservation of PPE is not the only reason to defer non-emergency surgeries. Either currently or in the next several weeks it is expected that shelters will experience:
- Reduced staffing in shelters as staff and volunteers become ill or need to quarantine. If the number of animals in shelters does not also decrease dramatically a crisis of care may develop with insufficient capacity and supplies to care for the animals in the shelter.
- Continued need for veterinary care for animals with reduced veterinary capacity
- Scarcity of medical equipment and supplies
- Need to limit contact between people in an effort to reduce human exposure
The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe has suspended community spay/neuter surgeries at the shelter clinic. We will still be accepting applications for the voucher program but will not be able to book appointments TBD in accordance with information presented in this continuously evolving environment.
In the meantime, please make sure you understand the income and vaccination requirements and how the program works. Please take extra care to avoid other unaltered pets, and to closely monitor your pets to ensure no unwanted litters occur. If you’re able to make an appointment with a private Veterinarian, we encourage you to do so as the wait time for this program will be delayed for several weeks or even months.
Thank you for your understanding as we navigate the consequences of this global pandemic.
You must permanently reside in Truckee, Eastern El Dorado County, Eastern Nevada County, Eastern Placer County, Incline Village, Sierra County, or South Lake Tahoe from Glenbrook to Meyers.
Your total household income level must be at or below the median income level for your household size.
If you are a Truckee or North Lake Tahoe resident (Eastern Placer County, Eastern Nevada County andIncline Village) your pet MUST be current on all required vaccinations at LEAST 10-14 days prior to surgery. Required vaccinations for dogs are RABIES, DAPP & BORDETELLA. Required vaccinations for cats are RABIES & FVRCP. Please plan accordingly.
Only owned pets qualify for the community spay/neuter program. No rescue groups, foster organizations, strays, or shelter pets will be allowed to participate.
Because the program’s funds are limited, we ask that only pet owners who cannot afford the surgery without assistance use the voucher. This program was not established to act as a discount program, but as a financial assistance program to those in true financial need. W-2 and proof of income will be required upon request. If spay/neuter surgery is not in your budget, please consider adoption from our shelter for your next pet, as every pet adopted through HSTT is already altered, microchipped, and up-to-date on vaccinations!
Each fee is good for one spay or neuter surgery only. Fees for additional procedures, tests or other administrative costs are your responsibility. You must check with our medical team regarding additional expenses when you make your appointment.
Because of age, illness, size, or other factors, some animals may not be appropriate candidates for spaying or neutering through this clinic. You should consult with a veterinarian about the suitability of your pet for surgery, but your pet's eligibility will be determined by the shelter medical team.
All animals seen for surgery at the Truckee shelter must be current on required vaccinations (listed on the application) prior to surgery.
All surgery, including spay/neuter surgery, can have risks. Complications, including injury or death of the animal can occur. It is your responsibility to talk to our veterinarian about this prior to your appointment.
Low cost and free microchip implantation is offered during surgery to help increase your chances of finding your pet should s/he get lost without their collar or identification.
How to Participate:
1) Complete the online form here. *For multiple pets, separate forms must be completed.
2) Residents who have their surgery at the Truckee Animal Shelter must email your pets' vaccination records to email@example.com or fax to 530-582-1103 ATTN: CSN PROGRAM
3) South Lake Tahoe residents will be contacted by HSTT's South Lake Tahoe Manager, Mariel Berei, in the order that your completed application is received.
4) Please review the qualification guidelines and additional information provided on this webpage for any questions about where you will be seen, and what requirements must be met in order to participate.
**CSN surgery appointments at the Truckee Animal Shelter are scheduled on Tuesday's. These spots fill up quickly so there will be a wait. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY. If your pet is in heat or pregnant, the additional costs associated with the surgery will be the owner's responsibility. Please speak with staff about these fees and your options.
Optional Microchipping (strongly recommended): $15
*FREE spay/neuter and microchipping services are available for qualifiers listed on application.