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The goal of the HSAR Humane Education Program is to reduce the number of homeless pets by educating our communities about responsible pet ownership.The program uses a three pronged approach to reach community members and our youth.

 We conduct presentations to our youth on responsible pet ownership through public, private and charter schools, 4-H, Boy Scouts, church groups, etc. We are involved in education projects including senior projects, posters, poems, essays, RedRover Readers, community service etc. We work with other local pet rescue organizations.


High Sierra Animal Rescue’s

“It’s Cool to be Kind” Reading Program


Want to help your children brush up on their reading skills and help the dogs at High Sierra Animal Rescue (HSAR) become more adoptable at the same time? Sign them up for our “It’s Cool to be Kind” Reading Program.


By reading aloud to the dogs at HSAR, our reading program helps children improve their reading skills and self-confidence. And, it benefits HSAR dogs by providing socialization and human interaction, helping them to become more adoptable.  

Children often find it intimidating to read in front of classmates, but love to read to non-judgmental, appreciative dogs; no pressure, no embarrassment, no humiliation. By sitting down next to a dog and reading to the dog, all threats of being judged are put aside. The child relaxes, pats the attentive dog, and focuses on the reading. Reading improves because the child is practicing the skill of reading, building self-esteem, and associating reading with something pleasant.

The “It’s Cool to be Kind” reading program is open year-round to children in Kindergarten through the 8th grade. Children may bring a book from home to read or use one from our library.  As they accumulate reading time, they become eligible for prizes. There will be prizes at the 1-hour level, 3-hour level and an “Amazing Reader” award at the 10-hour level.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information please call High Sierra Animal Rescue at 530-832-HSAR(4727).



High Sierra Animal Rescue (HSAR) volunteers have completed another successful year presenting their “It’s Cool to be Kind” Humane Education program to all of the 3rd grade classrooms in the Plumas Unified School District. Volunteers read books about animals that illustrate the human-animal bond from the “RedRover Readers” curriculum. The volunteers are trained to ask questions that generate critical thinking skills while fostering empathy and compassion for animals and humans. Students receive RedRover Readers pencils, stickers and HSAR “It’s Cool to be Kind” bracelets. The program visits culminate in a poster contest in which the students are asked to draw a poster representing what they have learned from the RedRover Readers books and discussions.



Congratulations and thanks to all of the 3rd graders for participating and remember, “It’s Cool to be Kind”!



From the entries submitted for the 2016-2017 school year, HSAR is pleased to announce the winners of the poster contest:

Grand prize goes to Giannina Avelar from Mr. Martinez’ 3rd grade class at C. Roy Carmichael!

The following students won the poster contest for their class:

 Melody Brennan/Mrs. Cone (C. Roy Carmichael)

Nola Griffin/Mrs. Kooyman (C. Roy Carmichael)

Amaya Brown/Mrs. Hintz (Quincy Elementary)

Mia Johnson/Mrs. Groh (Quincy Elementary)


Madeline Blaufuss/Mrs. Geer (Chester Elementary)


CeCe Weight/Mrs. Rodriquez (Indian Valley Elementary)

Due to the increase in the size of the program there is a shortage of books. 

Your donation of the following books will help the program continue.     

A Home for Nathan by Claudia Roll - Ginger Finds a Home by Charlotte Voake - Freckles and Willie by Susan Katz - So, What's it Like to be a Cat? by Karla Kuskin - Lucky Boy by Susan Boase - Orville: A Dogs Story- Meet the Mutts by Jena Ball - "Montague: The Pit Bull of Park Avenue" by Mary Gregory


 Being a responsible pet owner is much more than just providing

adequate water, food and shelter for your pet. Domestic pets are

completely dependent on their owners for their welfare.

Responsible pet ownership reduces neglect, abuse, and homelessness

for animals in our communities.

It takes a community to “Break the Chain.” Please be part of our community.


High Sierra Animal Rescue


Responsible Pet Ownership also involves:

  • Committing to your pet for his/her lifetime.
  • Choosing a pet that fits your lifestyle.
  • Spaying or neutering your pet.
  • Companionship with your pet (not just a “backyard dog”).
  • Being aware of weather conditions; shade, water, shelter, warmth….
  • Providing a “pet safe” home, free of pesticides, medications, certain houseplants etc.
  • Providing veterinary care including vaccinations and annual checkups.
  • Keeping a collar and identification tag on your pet.
  • Obedience train and socialize your pet.
  • Don’t let your pet run loose; walk on leashes and have a fenced back yard.
  • Provide your pet with a proper diet.
  • Make sure your pet gets the proper amount of exercise.
  • Take precautions during holidays like Fourth of July or other times that may scare your pet.
  • Be kind to your pet and shower him with love; remember you are his/her world.
  • Take special care of your pet during his/her senior years.