High Sierra Animal Rescue

High Sierra Animal Rescue (HSAR) is a no-kill shelter located in Portola, CA that is dedicated to saving the lives of homeless adoptable dogs 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 are up-to-date vaccinations, are heart-worm tested (if age appropriate) 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 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: We publish a monthly e-newsletter that provides updates, event information, stories, tips and tricks, and other timely messages. Join us by subscribing. Send an email that includes your first and last name and your email address to: info@highsierraanimalrescue.org



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: 

Daily: Wooftrax is a smartphone application (iphone and Android) that supports High Sierra Animal Rescue every time you walk your dog. For every mile you walk, HSAR will receive a donation. Go to www.Wooftrax.com to get the app and sign up. Go to set up to select HSAR and go to their FAQ page for more information. Tell your friends and share on Facebook.

Weekly: High Sierra Animal Rescue dogs 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”.

NOW: Our beautiful 2015 Calendar is available. Order by calling 530-832-4727. Great gift or thank you for someone special (like yourself).

GET READY: Our fabulous HSAR Dog Lover’s Cookbook for Dogs (first edition) is now available. If you haven’t seen it yet, here is a preview. Order by calling 530-832-4727. Fun filled recipes for dog treats and meals. Easy, natural ingredients, and nutritious recipes to help keep your dog healthy.

September 5th:  YAPPY HOUR – High Sierra Animal Rescue will be at the Treats Natural Pet Marketplace, at 535 Main St., Chester, CA 96020 between 4PM and 7PM. Meet the dogs, staff and volunteers from HSAR and support our mission. Adopt, donate, great gift ideas, raffle tickets, and lots of fun. Refreshments will be available. For more information call Lori at 530-832-4727.

October 5th: Duffers for Dogs Golf Tournament. New additions and changes this year! Get ready to have fun for a great cause. For more details and the sponsor, donor or entry forms go to our Blog.

If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs please see our featured animals list below or go to our Adoptable Animals page and fill out our Adoption Survey form.

Our Featured Animals