Black Tie and Tails: May 14, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe


Break out your best evening wear and let the fun begin! After being derailed by the pandemic for the past two years, the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe has announced the return of its signature fundraising event, Black Tie and Tails. Tickets go on sale March 14, so don’t delay in getting yours because they sure sell out fast.

“Black Tie and Tails is such an amazing and special event, because not only are we raising much needed funds for homeless pets and vital HSTT programs and services, but guests get to attend a one-of-a-kind formal event with their dog,” said Erin Ellis, HSTT’s community engagement director.

This fundraising gala will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe on May 14. Tickets are $175, with all proceeds benefitting HSTT and all its programs and furry, four-legged residents.


Unlike other fundraising shindigs, Black Tie and Tails is extra special because canine guests are invited to join the party. Their presence stimulates conversation, sparks new friendships, and creates an atmosphere of camaraderie, bringing Black Tie and Tails guests back again and again, explained Ellis.

The evening starts with a beautiful champagne reception, including passed appetizers for canine guests, followed by a delicious three-course dinner, exciting entertainment, and dancing. Guests are encouraged to visit Hound Heaven, featuring everything their dog’s heart could desire, and the Lucky Dog Lounge, where all pooches can chill with their new friends if they need a break.

“Black Tie and Tails is HSTT’s largest in-person fundraiser in terms of money raised,” Ellis said. “It’s an incredibly important evening since the funds raised help homeless pets we are adopting out and also helps fund vital programs and services to all the communities in which we serve.”

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe goes beyond being the go-to source for pet adoptions in the Truckee/North Tahoe area. HSTT offers a low-cost community spay/neuter program and free vaccination clinics for qualifying pet owners, as well as low-cost and free microchipping to anyone. The shelter’s Community Pet Pantry offers free pet food to those pet owners who might be experiencing financial hardship. This program was particularly vital during the earlier days of the Covid-19 pandemic, when more individuals were met with financial difficulties. For more information about the services available from HSTT, visit online.

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