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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.” 



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.

Animal Abuse:

Please report any activity that jeopardizes the health and welfare of animals to your local authorities.

Be the voice for animals in your community and they rely on you for help.

Plumas County Animal Control: 530-283-3673

Plumas County Sheriff: 530-283-6300

Lassen County Animal Control: 530-257-9200

Lassen County Sheriff: 530-251-8013

High Sierra Animal Rescue’s
“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. It also 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, all threats of being judged are put aside. Reading improves because the child is practicing the skill, 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. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Humane Education

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.

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