High Sierra Animal Rescue

High Sierra Animal Rescue (HSAR) is a non- kill shelter located in Portola, CA. that is dedicated to saving the lives of homeless adoptable pets that can no longer be held at the county shelter. We are a nonprofit organization focused on providing health, quality of life, and emotional stability for animals in Northern California.

Top 10 reasons to adopt from HSAR

  • Public Awareness: We provide local community outreach and humane education.
  • Temperament: HSAR assesses temperament before taking a dog from a county shelter.
  • Health: HSAR dogs get all vaccinations,are heart-worm tested and seen by a Vet when needed.
  • Responsibility: HSAR dogs have been spayed or neutered.
  • Security: HSAR dogs are micro chipped so they can always find their way home.
  • Environment: HSAR dogs go through a unique wellness program to reduce stress.
  • Matchmaking: We work hard to place our dogs into their “forever home.”
  • Assistance: We provide support and resources during the re-homing process.
  • Guarantee: You can return your dog to HSAR for any reason any time. Period.
  • The number one reason to adopt from HSAR: You will be saving the life of a dog that will always be there for you!

Funding for our shelter’s operation and rescue expenses come solely from private contributions, memberships, sponsorships, and memorial donations. Our boarding kennels and grooming services also help generate operating income. HSAR members receive a discount on our boarding fees. We strive to find loving, caring, “forever” homes for our pets and you can help.

Be in the know: Subscribe to our monthly newsletter. Send an email to: info@highsierraanimalrescue.org Be sure to include your first and last name and your email address. 


Please consider an automatic monthly donation. Donations are tax deductible. Larger donations enable us to save more animals.

For your convenience the donation form allows you to select how you want your donation applied. (ie: medical expense fund, sponsor a dog, etc.)

Calendar of events: 

Weekly: High Sierra Animal Rescue animals are available at PETCO South (5565 S Virginia St) in Reno, NV. every Saturday between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.  Meet our staff and our volunteers, and maybe your new “Best Friend”. We will NOT have dogs available in Reno on Saturday July 5th AND Saturday July 19th.

July 4: Our 2015 Calendar will be available. Pre-Order by calling 530-832-4727. great gift or thank you for someone special (like yourself). Calendars will be available at the 4th of July parade at the HSAR booth,

July 6: Medical Emergency Fund Raffle Drawing Tickets are $10 each or 5 for $40. Drawing is July 6th at the Briar Patch store in Graegle. Tickets available Saturday July 5 -  Call today 530-832-4727. You cannot win without a ticket.

July 13: Special Adoption Event:  10AM-3PM The Sportsman’s Warehouse, 3306 Lietzke Lane, Reno, NV.  Come meet your new “Best Friend”. For more information call Lori at 530-832-4727.

 July 19: Our major fund raiser event, the Bow Wow,  from 5PM-10PM at Nakoma Golf Resort. Dinner, music, live and silent auctions, animal lovers, friends,and lots of fun will make this a “favorite” event. Tickets are limited, order NOW. 530-832-4747. All proceeds go to support our animals. More information…

July 23: Volunteer Training With PJ at the HSAR facility, training begins at 10AM. For more information call Dan or Carole at 530-832-4727.

SAVE THE DATE: Duffers for Dogs Golf Tournament  October 5th. We need sponsors. Stay tuned for more details.



If you are interested in adopting one of our animals please see our featured animal list below or go to our adoptable animal page and fill out our ADOPTION SURVEY FORM.

Our Featured Animals