As wildfire season approaches, the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe (HSTT) is ensuring pets are as prepared as everyone else in case of an emergency. Thanks to a generous grant from the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation, the HSTT will be handing out several hundred pet “go bags” for emergency purposes. The bags are intended to be ready for “grab and go”, and will include almost everything your pet will need in case of an evacuation emergency.

We want our community members to be as prepared as possible for evacuating with their pets,” says HSTT Community Engagement Director Erin Ellis. “These bags will provide peace of mind to area pet owners knowing they have everything they’ll need to care for their pets at their fingertips.”

The Humane Society has bags for dogs and cats available. Each community member can receive one bag for free, but if residents have both cats and dogs, they can get one of each.

“We are honored to be in the position to support the efforts of the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe to provide emergency Go Bags to the people and pets in our area,” said Amy Zeifang, Director, Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation. “The Duffields, who live in the local community, are long-time benefactors of animal causes and they appreciate the hard work and efforts to help keep both animals and people safe.” 

Community members must show a local identification from one of the following communities to receive a bag: Truckee, Sierra County, all communities surrounding Lake Tahoe including Tahoe City, Kings Beach, Incline Village, and South Lake Tahoe (Zephyr Cove to Meyers), Homewood, Tahoma, etc. 

Bags will be available for pick up Monday-Friday from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. beginning Friday, April 29th while supplies last. 

The Dog “Go Bags” Include:

HSTT Dog Evacuation Go Bag
  • Food bags (to fill with your own food)
  • Leash
  • ID Tag
  • Collar
  • Water
  • Blanket
  • Toy
  • Poop bags
  • First aid kit
  • Notepad and pen
  • LED light

The Cat “Go Bags” Include:

HSTT Cat Evacuation Go Bag
  • Food bag (to fill with your own food)
  • Litter bag (to fill with your own litter)
  • ID tag
  • Collar
  • Water
  • Blanket
  • Litterbox
  • Litter scoop
  • First Aid kit
  • Notepad and pen
  • Toy
  • Treat

About the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe:  The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe was founded in 1994 by a group of volunteers. Shortly after its establishment, the Humane Society and the Town of Truckee became partners and together have become the driving force of animal welfare in their region through rescue, protection and adoption. The partnership has continued to grow over the past two decades, solidifying a long-standing relationship in September of 2013 by opening the region’s first public animal shelter. This facility, located at 10961 Stevens Lane in Truckee, maximizes efficiency and effectiveness by housing the public and private entities under the same roof. The opening of a second location at 3438 Lake Tahoe Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe has enabled the agency to service the entire Lake Tahoe region.

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe is saving 100 percent of the community’s adoptable homeless pets. In addition, they rescue animals from overcrowded shelters whenever space allows. For more information, visit or call 530-587-5948, or follow HSTT on Facebook at

About the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation: The Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation is a private charitable foundation based in Incline Village, Nevada. The Duffields are the founders of Maddie’s Fund, a leading animal welfare foundation dedicated to revolutionizing the status and well-being of companion animals. While the Duffields are long-time benefactors of companion animal causes, the Foundation also allows them to focus their philanthropic efforts in other areas they are passionate about, including supporting military veterans and giving back to their local community.