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8B Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Carolyn Shipp Staff Writer cshipp@plumasnews.com As the old saying goes, "Pet a dog and you'll fmd a permanent job." For Doug and Betty Rodrigues, founders of High Sierra Animal Rescue, their permanent jobs came with a little more responsibility than just giving a pooch some scratches. In May 1999, they opened up the only no-kill animal rescue in the Portola area and it now thrives as one of the most reputable adoption facilities in the county. After a long time in the Silicon Valley area, the couple moved to Clio when D0ug retired in 1997. Just a few years later the Rodrigueses took their dog to fi dog training class with local trainer Terry Popish.. Rodrigues said they and Popish got to talking outside and 45 minutes later they were seriously discussing the possibility of collaborating and opening a much-needed animal rescue for the county. They examined county data from the years prior and found that, annually, 1,100 animals were taken in to the county shelter, but more than 500 dogs and cats did not make it through the system and were eunthanized. "ffyou have adaptable animals who are being put down, to me that's killing," said Rodrigues. They formed a 501(c)(3) operation and began taking dogs and cats in immediately. In 2001, the Rodrigueses purchased a 5-acre lot in Delleker and started PROFILES IN BUSINESS HIGH SIERRA ANIMAL RESCUE Owners: Doug and Betty Rodrigues Address: 103 Meadowridge Lane, Portola, CA 96122 Phone: 832-4727 Website: highsierraanimal rescue.net Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. construction on a $1.2 million facility. The state-of-the-art facility has heated geothermal floors, 52 kennels, automatic waterers, a dog walking track and five play turnouts. Though the rescue initially took in cats, Rodrigues said there are already a couple very successful cat shelters in Quincy, and they were so well set up for dogs that they began focusing on saving the lives of homeless canines. Each pet they receive comes from the county and each has its story of woe. However, every rescued pet is examined by a veterinarian, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested and provided with any necessary medical treatment andquality care until it can be adopted to a new loving home. "We are really big on continuous improvement," said Rodrigues. With the help of volunteers, every animal gets human Doug Rodrigues, co-founder of High Sierra Animal Rescue, smiles with Grant, an older shar pei mix and favorite among the staff of the rescue. Rodrigues founded the shelter with his wife Betty in 1999, giving countless unwanted animals the chance for perfect homes. Photo courtesy High Sierra Animal Rescue contact and socialization. According to the rescue's marketing and development manager, Lori Lotts, volunteers don't just walk the dogs. They sit with them. They pet them and read to them. Ultimately, they make sure the dogs are ready to become pets. The goal of the rescue is to put the unwanted animals into good homes, and the process is meticulous. "The three main things for adopting a dog is fit, fit, fit," said Rodrigues. "We focus on a really good fit between what the person is looking for and what the dog needs." From day one, the rescue does behavioral evaluations on the animal. As soon as a potential adopter expresses interest, staffers commence introductions and interviews to learn more about the person. "I think we do a really good job understanding the home environment," Rodrigues said. "We really work hard. We don't just take the money and run." If there is a case where the dog is not a good fit, the shelter will always take the animal back. "We have a lifetime commitment to the dog," he said. The success of their system is clear. Last year they placed 142 animals in forever homes. However, most of the success can be attributed to the community's support. As a nonprofit, the rescue relies on donations from the community. With many events and fundraisers held "The three main things for adopting a dog is fit, fit, fit. We focus on a really good fit between what the person is looking for and what the dog needs." Doug Rodrigues, Founder of High Sierra Animal Rescue annually, there is plenty of opportunity to donate to the cause. Another form of revenue for the rescue is its dog boarding facility. Separate from the rescue kennels, the facility offers a calm, welcoming environment for healthy dogs that need babysitting. They get out and play three times a day and get to enjoy the amenities provided through the topnotch facility and employees. "I think the community has welcomed us with open arms," Rodrigues said. "We do a good job. We aim to do a good job in boarding and we do a very good job with rescue." To donate to the rescue or to volunteer, refer to the contact information. any cam roun open ing season The Lassen National Forest will soon open select campgrounds near prime fishing waters in conjunction with the start of the 2014 fishing season. Forest officials project plenty of campsites will be available to meet anticipated demand for the opening day of trout season. Almanor Ranger District campgrounds, including Butte Meadows, Cherry Hill, Alder, Clam and Potato Patch, are set to open April 23, weather permitting. Visitors planning to camp at these locations should be prepared for low nighttime temperatures in the high 20s to low 30s. All other Almanor Ranger District campgrounds, including Gurnsey Creek and Almanor, are scheduled for opening the weekend of May 16, as conditions allow, in time for Memorial Day weekend. Updates will be posted on the LNF website. Concessionaire campgrounds on the Eagle Lake Ranger District, which include Aspen, Eagle, West Eagle, Merrill, Christie and Crater Lake, are set to open May 15. The marina store will be open with limited hours and supplies as of May 18, with full operation and supplies by May 23, in time for Memorial Day weekend. An outdoor stand at the marina will offer hot food, such as hamburgers, hot dogs and breakfast burritos. Information on concessionaire facilities and services is available by calling 257-3067 tant'fi May 1; afterward, call 825-3454. Seasonal maintenance of other Eagle Lake Ranger District campgrounds, including Bogard, Goumaz and Roxie Peconom, as well as day use areas, is scheduled to begin in mid-May. Forest campgrounds along Hat Creek are scheduled to open by April 26, with the exception of Big Pine Campground. Hat Creek Ranger District's Old Station Visitor Center is set to open April 26. The center will be staffed for weekend visitors Saturday - Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It" will begin a summer schedule in mid-June, open five days a week, Friday - Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Monday - Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The visitor center, located at the junction of highways 44 and 89, has recently been remodeled. Be sure to stop in and take a peek, say staff, who can provide helpful sightseeing, fishing and camping information. Dispersed camping is allowed in many places on the LNF. However, visitors are reminded to keep their See Campgrounds, page 9B Sudoku , Puzzle #3040-D Difficult Sudoku Solution #3039-D := 91 8274365 34176589 1 2 2 815 3 9 11417 8 672935184 4 8]3 1 2 71615 9 I 159846'723 5 2J4 7 6 3]8]9 1 791 482536 8 3 l sZgl 2 I_44Z " (liJ ....... .... "Where To?" 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