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High Sierra Animal Rescue begins campaign

HSAR Campaign 1234

12/07/16

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High Sierra Animal Rescue is beginning a new campaign called “The Future is in Your Hands” to support the no-kill shelter.

HSAR was founded in 1999 to end the senseless killing of adoptable pets at local county shelters. Over the last 17 years, HSAR has successfully saved the lives of more than 3,900 abandoned pets, placing them into new, loving, forever homes.

HSAR has implemented a successful community spay/neuter program that helps to manage the pet population and overcrowding at the county shelter and continues to reach out to local students every year, teaching responsible pet ownership.

“Today, as we walk past each kennel in the shelter and are greeted by the little souls that will all eventually find loving homes, we wonder … what would happen to them if HSAR was no longer here? What would happen to our community’s no-kill status for adoptable dogs if HSAR was no longer rescuing them from the county shelter?” Lori Lotts of HSAR said.

HSAR wants to do everything possible to make sure that this community is never confronted with this problem, but desperately needs the help of the community.

Looking to the future, HSAR is facing formidable challenges in running and sustaining a no-kill shelter. Specifically, the challenges and needs are special care, shelter maintenance and routine veterinary care.

HSAR is asking members of the community to become a “Guardian” of HSAR though the new monthly giving campaign. Monthly giving may be the only way that HSAR will be able to continue to help save the lives of homeless animals in the community, according to HSAR representatives.

“If you have adopted from HSAR, had a helping hand from HSAR and/or have personally experienced the good work that the entire organization has done for homeless pets, then you know what a crucial role HSAR plays in saving the lives of unwanted animals in our community,” Lotts added.

With rising costs for almost every aspect of operation, HSAR is at a critical point financially. Never before has HSAR been in the position to have to reach out to each and every community member for help to continue the mission at HSAR. HSAR is, according to Lotts, at a tipping point where the future of the shelter and the animals served are truly in the hands of the community.

Here is how donations can help a rescue dog: $100 a month helps spay/neuter a dog, $49 a month assists with vaccines and micro-chipping, $27 a month helps to cover the care of a special needs dog for one day, or $11 a month which helps feed a dog for three days.

HSAR asks for help to “paw it forward” by considering a recurring monthly donation so that HSAR can continue to re-home these wonderful and deserving animals.

“Their future is truly in your hands,” Lotts concluded.

To setup recurring monthly donations, or for more information, visit highsierraanimalrescue.org, call 832-4727 or email [email protected].

Special Needs: Every year HSAR is faced with animals that need immediate medical attention from dental surgery to a major, life-saving surgery.

Shelter Maintenance: The HSAR shelter is still considered state of the art even after 15 years in operation, however the shelter is facing a major problem with heating, ventilation and air conditioning units, which have reached their useful lifespan. Replacement is imminent, and the cost will exceed $40.000.

Every year HSAR saves more than 200 dogs that have been relinquished, are homeless, neglected or abused. Two-thirds of these require spay/neuter services and all require shots/inoculations. Many are in need of routine vet care.

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