In light of this global crisis, HSAR is taking steps to keep our staff, volunteers, community and the animals safe. We have decided to keep our front office closed until it has been deemed safe to reopen but we are still boarding dogs and making sure homeless dogs are going home. Our primary goal is to keep the shelter staff healthy so that they, in turn, can take care of the dogs. We are keeping a close eye on state rules and regulations and will reopen as soon as possible.

Our front office is temporarily closed. We will be able to answer calls Monday-Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Please leave us a detailed message or refer to our website for questions about adoptions, boarding, or volunteering on evenings and Sundays. If you leave a message over the weekend, we will call you back on Monday at our earliest convenience. 


Effective immediately:


  • Urgent Needs

  • Adoptions- We are doing adoptions on a limited and case by case basis. We are dedicated to finding homes for our rescues! Please fill out an online application if you are interested and we will reach out to you!

  • Financial Support- Our community has always been there for us and we are asking that you please make a donation to our nonprofit right now if you are able to. Donations can be made online at highsierraanimalrescue.org or mailed to PO BOX 548 Portola, CA 96122

  • Boarding

    • At this time we are open for boarding! Our updated procedure for boarding can be read under the "boarding" tab.

  • Cancellations

    • As suggested, we have reduced our risk of contracting and spreading covid-19 by cancelling all off site adoption events, this includes Petco and Sportsman’s Warehouse.


Since 1999, High Sierra Animal Rescue has been a place of solace and comfort to thousands of homeless animals. Our dedication to these dogs has made a tremendous difference in not only their lives but in the lives of every family made complete by our nonprofit. Please inform your friends and loved ones about our needs and how they can help save the innocent dogs of HSAR; we are all in this together.