HUMANE SOCIETY OF TRUCKEE TAHOE INC

Dedicated to saving and improving the lives of pets and people

aka HSTT   |   Truckee, CA   |  www.hstt.org

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Stephanie Nistler

President

Mr. Michael Ryan DVM

Main address

10961 Stevens Lane

Truckee, CA 96161 USA

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EIN

68-0366788

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

While great strides have been made, there are still approximately one million homeless animals being euthanized annually in nationwide shelters. Until no animals are euthanized due to space or time constraints in shelters, our work is not done. We are committed to saving the lives of all homeless pets in our community and we have expanded our services to support many other regional and statewide shelters who need us. Additionally, we are committed to solving the overpopulation problem at its root by providing low or no cost spay/neuter programs to people in need and providing humane education programs for our youth.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Rescue & Adoptions

In addition to matching homeless pets with the right home for them, we provide educational programs for local schools emphasizing safety with animals, their humane treatment, and the need to spay/neuter pets. Our Community Spay/Neuter Program offers financial assistance to spay or neuter pets of local residents. Our Pet Assisted Therapy program provides visits from volunteers with their own pets to residents of the local hospital and extended care facility.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our Pet Pantry program distributes pet food to needy families throughout the Truckee/North Tahoe region on a weekly basis. In 2010, HSTT distributed approximately 2,250 punds of pet food to families in need.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

HSTT's Low-Cost Community Spay/Neuter program helps low-income individuals and families living within the Truckee/North Lake Tahoe region with the cost of these expensive surgeries.

 

A welfare-based program, CSN is offered to people who qualify financially and live within a certain geographical area. Once approved, the client receives a low cost voucher to have their pet sterilized at one of our participating veterinarians. The fee is waived for people who cannot afford the low cost for the voucher on a case-by-case basis.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

HSTT's Pet Assisted Therapy Programbrings joy to the lives of hundreds of local patients and residents at the Tahoe Forest Hospital, Senior Center and Extended Care Center. Volunteers, with their trained and certified therapy dogs, visit people who greatly benefit from the calming and healing effects of an animal.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

HSTT's RUFF Program is designed to build self esteem in young readers. Trained volunteers bring thier certified therapy dogs into area schools where children will read to the dog. The dog provides a comforting audience perfect for allowing children who lack confidence in their reading a safe atmosphere to practice.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Tahoe's Best Non-Profit 2013

Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce

Truckee-Tahoe's Best Non-Profit Organization 2013

Sierra Sun Readers Poll

Truckee-Tahoe's Best Non-Profit Organization 2012

Sierra Sun Readers Poll

Truckee-Tahoe's Best Non-Profit Organizaiton 2011

Sierra Sun Readers Poll

Truckee-Tahoe's Best Non-Profit Organization 2010

Sierra Sun Readers Poll

Truckee-Tahoe's Best Non-Profit Organization 2009

Sierra Sun Readers Poll

Truckee-Tahoe's Best Non Profit Organization 2014

Sierra Sun Readers Poll

Truckee Tahoe's Best Non-Profit Organization 2015

Sierra Sun Readers Poll

Truckee Tahoe's Best Non-Profit Organization 2016

Sierra Sun Readers Poll

Truckee Tahoe's Best Non-Profit Organization 2018

Sierra Sun Readers Poll

Truckee Tahoe's Best Non-Profit Organization 2019

Sierra Sun Readers Poll

Truckee Tahoe's Best Non-Profit Organization 2020

Sierra Sun Readers Poll

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Parents

Related Program

Rescue & Adoptions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals euthanized

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rescue & Adoptions

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

HSTT is committed to re-homing 100% of the adoptable and treatable pets we receive. It is only in cases of incurable pain and suffering and/or severe behavioral problems that we euthanize a pet.

Average number of days of shelter stay for animals

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rescue & Adoptions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2017 the average length of stay for dogs was 10.6 days and for cats it was 32.8 days.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Spay/Neuter Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We received a total of eight grants in 2015, totaling $49,000.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe provides critical, life saving programs to support animals and the people who love them in our community and beyond. We are proud to serve Truckee, North and South Lake Tahoe and Sierra County with rescue, adoption and community outreach programs. Our goals include:

Rescue and Adoptions: Continue to save 100% of the homeless pets within our service area and expand our influence by providing greater support to overcrowded and/or under resourced urban and rural shelters outside of our community. We are proud to place over 99% of the animals we receive into new, loving homes.

Humane Education: Continue to grow and expand our humane education programs by adding new learning opportunities for children and adults within our shelter.

Community Spay/Neuter: Continue to provide our entire service area with low cost and/or free options for spay/neuter surgeries. Utilizing our in-house clinic as well as working closely with participating veterinarians, we work to ensure anyone who wishes to sterilize their pet may do so, regardless of financial circumstances.

Community Outreach: Programs like our Pet Pantry, which provides free pet food and supplies to anyone in need, and our Medical Assistance grants, which provides financial support to people requiring financially unattainable veterinary care for their pets, will continue to keep families together during hard times.

Pet Assisted Therapy: We will continue to provide therapy services in hospitals in North and South Tahoe so that we can bring joy to the lives of people who could use a little extra love in their lives.

Rescue: We will work more closely with residents in Placer County who cannot keep their pets. We will also continue to expand our efforts to form alliances with other urban and rural shelters so that we are consistently made aware of animals in need of rescue and so that we'll have the resources available to receive them in timely fashion.

Adoption: We will design an new website which improves information gathering on adoptable pets. We will also increase our use of social media sources to spread the message of our adoptable pets, adoption specials, etc., in a more effective and efficient manner. We will expand our marketing efforts to the communities of north shore of Lake Tahoe so that people are informed of our programs. We will provide our adoptable pets with extensive volunteer and staff interaction/training to increase their adoptability.

Community Spay/Neuter: We will work with the management and low income properties in our community who can share the message that we're here to help their community. We will offer high volume spay/neuter clinic days for certain breeds of dogs to help reduce those populations.

Humane Education: We will work with strong volunteer committees who will work directly under our Humane Education Program Manager to build programs that will work for various levels of learning within our community.

Pet Assisted Therapy: We will strengthen our relationships with other non profit organizations in our community so that they are aware of the resources we have available to them via our therapy dogs and their highly skilled handlers.

We have a tremendous team of board members, staff and volunteers who work closely together to achieve our many goals. The critical components to meeting our goals include:

*Exceptional partnerships with almost every veterinarian in our service area so that all animals in need of a spay/neuter surgery can access one.
*Tremendous volunteer support to help us with every facet of our operation, specifically animal programs and fundraising.
*Strong working relationships with dozens of California and Nevada shelters to ensure animals in need are identified, safely transported and placed for adoption through our organization.
*State of the art facility that encourages visitors, volunteers, adopters and supporters to be involved in our programs.
*Financially sound and fiscally responsible operations and oversight.


In addition to positively growing every facet of our organization year over year for the past 16 years, we have maintained our deep dedication to the tenets of our mission....rescue and adoptions, community spay/neuter and humane education programs.

Our rescue and adoption program has ensured every single homeless animal in our community has a safe place to land. Additionally, we have significantly increased the number of animals we accept from other shelters in need of help. While we've grown these programs over the years, we have always maintained an over 99% adoption rate for all of the animals we receive. We plan to maintain these programs at a similar rate to how they are today.

Our community spay/neuter program has grown dramatically over the years and provides support to the entire Lake Tahoe region, in addition to rural Sierra County to our north. Not only do we sterilize more owned pets every year, we have dramatically increased our community cat programs each year and will continue to do so as long as there is a need.

Our humane education programs have had tremendous success in our community and beyond. Our reading program is embraced by our school district and can be found in almost every school in our region as well as in our local libraries. Our summer Edventure Camp for kids sells out in seconds every summer and is one of the most popular programs we offer. We are always striving to find new, innovative ways to reach our community with humane education programs and with our amazing team, I'm sure we'll continue to roll out programs that everyone will love.

We are very proud of the work we do and all the wonderful things we've been able to accomplish. We strive to do what's right in every decision we make with the best interest of the animals and the people who love them in mind.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HUMANE SOCIETY OF TRUCKEE TAHOE INC

Board of directors
as of 12/10/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Michael Ryan

no affiliation

Term: 2017 - 2017

Pete Kristian

No Affiliation

Andrew Cross

No Affiliation

Michael Ryan

No Affiliation

Andrea Bollakis

Nancy Holliday

Dana MacDonald-Walikis

Hannah Sullivan

Laura Hoke

Matt Girvan

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/10/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/10/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.