103 Meadowridge Lane Portola, CA 96122

Mailing: PO BOX 548 Portola, CA 96122

Hours of Operation: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm

(530) 832-4727

Fax: (530) 832-5973

HSAR and Covid-19

In light of this global crisis, HSAR is taking steps to keep our staff, volunteers, community and the animals safe. We will continue saving the lives of homeless pets and have changed the way we do business to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus. Our primary goal is to keep the shelter staff healthy so that they, in turn, can do their job of the daily care and feeding of and finding forever homes for the dogs in need. These changes will remain in effect until the crisis is over.

Also, as much as we love to see you at the shelter, please refrain from stopping by if you are sick in any way and we ask that you please do not stop by just to visit or look around.


Effective immediately:

  • Restrictions

    • Due to the nature of this virus, we have decided that it is best to limit the foot traffic in and out of our front office. You will be able to enter the front lobby of the shelter but entry into the shelter is restricted unless the front office/reception staff approve. There is an intercom system, table, and chair in the lobby for your convenience. Any paperwork or physical items may be passed through the window opening between the lobby and front office. This applies to potential adopters and those who wish to board their dogs with us.


  • Urgent Needs

    • 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 over the phone (530) 832-4727

    • Adoptions- Our goal at HSAR has always been to save lives and find dogs their forever homes. Adoptions also allow us to make room for dogs that are at risk of euthanasia at county shelters.

    • Emergency Foster Care: We are in dire need of foster homes as we are at capacity and cannot take any new dogs in until we create available space at the shelter. Give us a call at (530) 832-4727 if you can help. All expenses and supplies are covered by our rescue.

  • Boarding

    • At this time we are still welcoming the public to board their dogs at HSAR. All reservations must be made in advance and all customers must remain in the lobby where staff will assist them through the window connecting the lobby and front office. Boarding is an essential part of our financial success and we have certainly noticed an abrupt stop due to vacations and weekend excursions being cancelled for the time being. If you have boarded with us before please consider a donation to help us through these uncertain times.   

  • 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.


Adoptions: All adoptions will be by appointment only. We encourage prospective adopters to fill out an application on-line and call the shelter with any questions about the process or a specific dog of interest. We are discontinuing all walk-in visits to the shelter. You will be asked additional questions about any recent travel, potential exposure and anyone in your family (or extended family with which you have contact) that may be exhibiting symptoms related to the virus or even the general flu. Once a prospective adopter is prescreened, any dog-to-dog introductions and family visitations will take place outside. Any exceptions will be at the sole discretion of the shelter staff based on the situation.


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. With so many rescues and shelters temporarily closing, we need your help now more than ever as we continue to rescue dogs from county shelters and find them their forever homes throughout this crisis. 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.