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 doing adoptions. Our primary goal is to keep the shelter staff healthy so that they, in turn, can take care of the dogs. These changes will remain in effect until the crisis is over.

Our front office is temporarily closed and we will only be able to answer calls Monday-Friday from 10am to 2pm. Please leave us a detailed message or refer to our website for questions about adoptions, boarding, or volunteering Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday. 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.

  • Volunteers

    • All volunteer activities at the shelter are suspended until further notice and unless otherwise approved on a case-by-case basis.

  • 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.

High Sierra Animal Rescue

103 Meadowridge Lane Portola, CA 96122

Mailing: PO BOX 548 Portola, CA 96122

Hours of Operation: 

Monday-Thursday: 10-4

Friday: 10-2

Saturdays: Only open to already scheduled adoption appointments

(530) 832-4727

Fax: (530) 832-5973

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