Helping During COVID-19

How HSTT is Helping our Community People & Pets

The economic impact of COVID-19 will sadly result in an uptake in animal relinquishments from within our community due to financial hardship and changes in housing caused by that hardship. In our animal-loving area, the decision to rehome a pet is heartbreaking and sad. HSTT is here to help pet owners through that selfless process by providing medical care, healthy food and a safe, warm place to live for every pet that comes our way. Donate at

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe (HSTT) needs your financial support to prepare to help our community caringly rehome their pets when necessary. Additionally, your contributions will help community members care for their pets during these trying times with help from our free Pet Pantry food distribution program and, once we return to normal operations, through our Wellness Clinics providing free vaccinations and microchips to animal owners in need. Our goal is to provide all the support we can in order to keep pets in their homes with the people who love them, however, we need to be prepared to rehome an increased number of pets over the coming months.


During our country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic all non-essential workers are asked to stay at home. While that can be a bit disheartening for some folks, we feel there is a silver lining to this situation, a fuzzy silver lining to be exact!

While so many people are staying at home, it’s opened up space and time in people’s daily lives to welcome in a new pet! We have implemented a system that allows us to place adoptable pets in loving, forever homes while still maintaining social distancing and mitigating potential exposure. We are currently offering adoptions of our pets through our “curbside” adoptions.

What’s a “curbside adoption” you ask? Well basically, we work really hard with our foster parents and adopters to collect tons of information on our pets and adoptive homes to best match our pets with adopters.

Once we’ve made the match, we offer a virtual meeting for our adopters to get to know the animal even better. After the virtual meeting is complete and the adopter is committed, we are then able to complete our application and adoption process entirely electronically.

Upon completion of the paperwork, we can then schedule a hands free curbside pick-up of the new pet (in their freshly sanitized crate, of course!). It doesn’t end there though; once the pet is in their new home, our team will be there every step of the way to help guide adopters.

If you’re interested in adopting email us at

Distributing Pet Food to Our Community through our Pet Pantry - Over 6,500 pounds of pet food and 650 pounds of litter have been distributed since April , 2020!

We've partnered with local social service groups to provide pop-up distribution locations for community members receiving food assistance through these programs. Additionally, we are delivering food to our homebound community members through an easy sign-up process on our website here. For members of the community who are not enrolled in social service food assitance programs, are able to leave their homes for essential activities such as groceries, and are experiencing financial hardship, we welcome you to stop by one of our pickup locations.

Truckee food pick up is available at HSTT’s Pet Pantry every day between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. The Truckee Animal Shelter is located at 10961 Stevens Lane in Truckee.
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Hay comida para mascotas gratis disponible en Despensa de mascotas de HSTT todos los díasentre las 9:00 a.m. y las 5:00 p.m. El refugio de animales Truckee está ubicado en 10961 Stevens Lane en Truckee.
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South Lake Tahoe food pick up is available at 3438 South Lake Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12:00 -3:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00-12:00.
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La recogida de alimentos en South Lake Tahoe está disponible en 3438 South Lake Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 los miércoles, jueves y viernes de 12:00 a 3:00 pm y los sábados de 9: 00-12:00.
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How You Can Help


We accept food donations at our shelter located at 10961 Stevens Lane in Truckee. During the COVID-19 pandemic, items can be dropped off seven days per week between the hours of 8AM and 5PM. Please do not bring donations by outside of those hours, as surrounding wildlife will get it! Please do not drop off any other type of physical donation. If you would like to donate food in South Lake Tahoe, please contact our SLT Program manager at

OR - Purchase all-natural, healthy, holistic food with a 20% discount and have it delivered directly to HSTT's Pet Pantry through Nature's Select of Northern California. Visit to purchase both dry and canned food for dogs and cats. All pet food purchases will be used for our community's pets in need.

You can also donate to our Pet Pantry and make a donation to HSTT when you shop from our Amazon Wish List using Amazon Smile. Just remember to choose Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, Inc as your chosen nonprofit. Shop HSTT's Amazon Wish List here.

Monetary donations will be used to keep our lifesaving programs and the staff that run them in place during the epidemic. Helping homeless pets find the loving homes they deserve is still our main priority and we will continue focusing on helping every pet that comes our way. Additionally, once HSTT shelter and clinic operations return to normal, demand for our services; low- and no-cost spay/neuter, free vaccinations and microchips services will be in more demand than ever before. Please support our programs and staff by donating here.

* To control the safety and quality of food and supplies distributed through our Pet Pantry program, we cannot accept opened, unmarked, expired or recalled pet food or cat litter.

Walk Your Dog

Don’t just take your dog for a walk… take your walk for a dog! Simply download the WoofTrax app, select Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe as the nonprofit you'd like to support and keep on walkin'. Each time you hit the start and stop button on WoofTrax, it will track your walks and make a donation to the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. And remember to stay safe and healthy while out and about! Download the app here.


Our animal-loving community has come out in full-force opening their homes to shelter pets during the COVID-19 crisis. Because of the overwhelming response of foster support, we have no pets needing to be placed in foster homes at this time.

If you’re interested in becoming a foster for future pets, please fill out our online Foster Application here.

We can’t thank our wonderful community enough for their tremendous support!