*Art for Animals

Working in conjunction with the Lake Tahoe Unified School District and Tahoe Transportation we are creating Art for Animals. Student Art is themed to raise awareness against animal cruelty, the importance of Spay-Neuter and Vaccinations for your pets. Certain pieces of art are chosen to be displayed on the Blue Go buses (donation of ad space courtesy of Tahoe Transportation). This exposure will assist in spreading the word throughout the South Lake Tahoe community. Art supplies will be provided to each participating class along with a lesson including animal educational expressing the importance of kindness, compassion and respect (lesson can be given during the art class time).

*Educational Programs

We provide age-appropriate, activity-based lessons, designed to fit into a teacher's existing curriculum and aligned to common core standards. Presentations vary from 30-60 minutes, are geared toward individual classrooms and can occur on a one-time, weekly or monthly basis. Animal-related topics and environmental education are the focus for introducing humane and education concepts including kindness, compassion, character, respect, responsibility and integrity. All programs are offered at no charge. If you are interested in having a speaker come to your class room please contact us 530.542.2857.

*Summer Animal Art Class

Students will learn fascinating facts about their favorite animals and learn to Draw or Paint Animals - Just for Young Artists Ages 11 to 13. A $50 donation (class fee) will cover art materials and a professional artist instructor for this 3 day summer Art Adventure. Space is very limited so call today for more information 530.542.2857

*Animal Assisted Visitation

Pet assisted visitation at the Barton Skilled Nursing Center takes place three times a week. Teams are evaluated periodically. If you are interested in participating with your pet, call Liz Maul at 530.542.2857.

*Charitable Emergency Veterinary Subsidy

Referrals and Financial Support assists in pet emergencies on a case by case basis as funds are available. Click here for more information on various programs that can assist you with your pets medical needs if you are suffering financial difficulties. Call for more information 530.542.2857.

*Adoption and Placement Assistance

Pet of the Week and Adopt-A-Friend Media Features promote other shelter adoptions; Self Contained Transport Unit and Volunteers enable periodic Mobile Adoption Events for Shelter Animals; Breed Rescue referrals and Rescue Networking support private Adoptions and Placements. Please note that we do not have animals on site however we do have animals available for adoption that are being cared for by foster family's. You can also adopt a pet from the Lake Tahoe local animal shelter contact El Dorado County Animal Services at 1120 Shakori Drive, South Lake Tahoe or give them a call 530.573.7925 or for more information contact us directly 530.542.2857.


Humane Society and S.P.C.A


We are a small community with a small population base. The following services and programs are offered as funds are available. There is no national humane society or society for the prevention of cruelty to animals (SPCA) to help with local needs. Tahoe pets depend on Tahoe people, full and part time residents and visitors. If you can help support these critical programs, please call 530.542.2857 or donate via the Donation link. Pet Food may be dropped off at the Lake Tahoe Humane Society office located at 884 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.
Please call for information on our current needs. Our organization is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Tax deductible financial donations in any amount are much appreciated and can be mailed to: Lake Tahoe Humane Society & S.P.C.A, P.O. Box PET, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158

The Lake Tahoe Humane Society & S.P.C.A. is A nonprofit 501 (3)c organization that depends completely on private donations.  Please donate to help keep our programs like "Art for Animals" going. Click HERE to Donate now!

* Art for Animals Final pics for the 1st run, look for them on our BlueGo Buses around town! Thank you to Irene Kaelin and her 5th grade class at Tahoe Valley Elementary School for such inspiring works of art.

*Educational Programs: Breaking the Cycle of Violence

Breaking the Cycle of Violence; Presentations for middle school classes introduce the history of the humane movement and current research on the linking of all violence, from homicide, to child and domestic violence to animal abuse. Resources are provided for family support and student help. If you are interested in having a speaker come to your class room please contact us 530.542.2857.

*Educational Programs: Veterinary Science Initiative (VSI)

VSI: Veterinary Science Initiative is a program developed by the education team at the Charleston Animal Society, South Carolina, as a model for cooperative education between shelters, veterinarians, and other private organizations to collaborate with local school districts, while also conducting research about how this curriculum benefits student knowledge, organizational awareness and community engagement. Consisting of seven lessons (6 in class room and one field trip) it is an amazing program to stimulate interest in science, and to introduce veterinary sciences to high school students. If you would like your class to participate in this program please contact Liz Maul at 530.542.2857.

*My Reading Buddy

Pet assisted literacy practice is offered at the South Lake Tahoe Library.  A trained canine listener, animal books and a tutor provided are free of charge. Participate every Wednesday from 4:00 - 5:00 PM. Repeat readers are eligible for prizes. For details call Liz Maul at 530.542.2857.

*Disaster Relief

In partnership with other agencies such as the American Red Cross, El Dorado County Animal Services and the Lake Tahoe Unified School District, the Lake Tahoe Humane Society Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) is at the ready to provide pet food, supplies, veterinary aid, and temporary sheltering for the community's pets in the event of a disaster like the Angora Fire of 2007. Updates on shelter locations will be posted on our Face Book page. To receive these update "like" our page on www.FaceBook.com/LakeTahoeHumaneSocietySPCA. If phones are out and you do not have internet access, monitor emergency radio for the location of the temporary animal shelter. If you are interested in joining the all voluntary D.A.R.T. Team contact Niki Congero at 530-542-2857 during regular office hours. Emergency information kits are available for free and pet first aid kits are available for a $15 donation at our office on 884 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe 96150. 

*Charitable Emergency Pet Food Bank

A year round Pet Food Bank is maintained for people suffering from Financial Difficulties, for local Senior Citizens in financial difficulty or have low income. The Food Bank is also used for Disaster Relief. Call for more information 530.542.2857.

*Spay-Neuter Support

Spay-Neuter Vouchers enable residents to afford healthier, happier pets. In addition, every pet spayed or neutered helps keep homes available for orphaned shelter animals. Appointments are available to pick up a low cost voucher Tuesdays and Thursdays (Do not bring your pet to the voucher appointment. After you receive your voucher you will make an appointment with one of our cooperating veterinary hospitals). Call today and schedule your appointment 530.542.2857.