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. No donation is ever too small when it comes to saving lives.

HSAR has implemented a new Online Donation Service, eGiving.  Click Here for information (it will automatically download a pdf) on how to navigate the login screen.

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.

Did you know you can shop at Amazon Smile (the same Amazon your used to) and a portion of your sale will be donated to HSAR?

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 2:30 pm. Meet our staff and our volunteers, and maybe your new “Best Friend”.

NOW:  Our fabulous HSAR Dog Treats Cookbook (first edition) is now available. This unique Cookbook is available for $21.50 (tax included) + $3.00 shipping. Share the fun and order one for yourself AND one for a friend. Order by calling 530-832-4727 or donate on our website. Be sure to specify that it is for the cookbook.

Saturday, April 25: Special Adoption event at Natural Paws Pet Store in Reno, NV.  You can meet four HSAR dogs and our wonderful volunteers.  HSAR will be at Natural Paws from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Saturday, May 23: High Sierra Animal Rescue’s first PAWS ON PARADE, in Graeagle, CA.

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

Our Featured DOGS