TRUCKEE -- A grand opening for Truckee's new and much-improved animal shelter is scheduled for Sept. 28.
The nonprofit Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe and the Town of Truckee's Animal Services Department invite the public to attend the event, which will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the new facility, 10961 Stevens Lane, off of Stockrest Springs Road.
The two organizations partnered in building the shelter, where adoptable pets will be available at the grand opening. Afterward, adoptions will be offered 40 hours a week, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
The new shelter can house more than 20 dogs and 60 cats, as opposed to eight dogs and 25 cats at the facility it replaces. It also features more windows, indoor-outdoor access for dogs, a quarantine area, medical treatment room and administrative area.
With the extended hours and ability to house more animals, the Humane Society projects that adoptions will increase by 54 percent by the end of the first year of operation and 80 percent by the end of the second year, its executive director, Stephanie Nistler, said in a news release.