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Pet Hews I I I By Ten4 Nam In its quest for a no-kill county, or as close as one can get, High Sierra Animal Res- cue (HSAR) spends a lot of 'time searching for the best home for each of the dogs it rescues. HSAR founder Doug Ro. drigues says the key to the or- ganization's aggressive adop- tion is its outreach program. Since it began in 1999, HSAR has taken unwanted dogs to Reno every Saturday, showing the dogs at Petco in hopes of finding the best homes for them. "We are extremely grateful to the people at both Petco Stores for not only their dona- tions, but giving us a place to show the dogs," said Roger Williams, executive director for HSAR. And the trips to Reno have been quite successful, with the teams adopting out an av- erage of 20 dogs per month. Unfortunately, Williams said, they have as many dogs coming in as going out, so they are just holding level. "We're always iooking for foster homes to help care for the dogs umil we can place them in permanent homes," he said. There are currently five teams of five to six people who load up about six to seven dogs, plus puppies, for the weekly trip to Reno. There are also two coun- selors who accompany the The highly trained adoption counselors discuss the adop- tion process with families and ensure the match is a good one. Rodrigues said the process involves answering a lot of questions, but said, if YOu don't do a good, thorough job with the interview process, you end up with more bad fits, more returns and more dogs The dogs are X X Name of Dog $25.00 Canir e Spay/Neuter Certificate Present to any Plumas County Veterinarian---Valid 4/01/0P6/30/01 M F__ Thls certifies that I spayed.=._ neutered..__. do9. Date of Procedt m: Veterinadan Name & Address of Owner Name & Address: the above named ' Mgnature , Fie se return completed certJt]cate to High Sierra Animal Reacue ,p.O. Box 548 Portol CA 96122 , x You will be relmbueaed the amount of $2J.00 for your aen4cea. ' : Flumas County Re.sldents Only On’ Certificate Per [:)og free, but HSAR on each do Williams ages between per dog and at $75. "We're for the In addition to the dogs, HSAR tact with them on the health reasons and neutering petS. "Population other of the keY reaching our goal c essary Rodrigues. Although CUp this coupon and take it to your veterinarian. As part of their vision plan for creating • no-kill county, High Sierra nization's main Animal Rescue is offering r•sid•nts of Plumas County • reimbursement of $25 for having their dog or cat spayed or drigues said they nt4 HL for volunteers who that will end up back in the and kennel cough, must be able to get along to- shelter. Volunteers spend the rest of gerber," he said. The process begins at the the week observing the dogs' HSAR is very up front in Plumas County Animal Shel- behavior and keeping daily sharing information about the ter, with a team of two--a logs so they can best explain dogs, whether they like chil- man and a woman--visiting the dog to prospective fami- dren or not, like cats, are bois- the dogs which are about to lies. terous, like to jump, dig, or run out of time. The dogs chosen for the trip chew--it's all laid out on the Williams said a man and are those which have been ad- table so that the dog gets the woman go because sometimes vertised during the previous best family. the dogs will react differently week. While interviewing prospec- to opposite sexes, preferring And, even with the van, it is tive families, the HSAR coun- one over the other, not easy to transport six or selors look for indicators "We temperament check seven dogs, kennels, water which would point to the right them by making loud noises, and food bowls, food, blan-match. tug on their fur, look in their kets, chairs, tables and all the If the people want a dog but mouths and give them a cur- other things that are needed don't know what kind or size, sory physical check to make throughout the six-hour stay it might indicate that they sure they appear healthy and inReno, aren't ready or haven't those which are adoptable are Throughout the week, Betty thought about it as much as transported to a veterinari- Rodrigues, HSAR secretary they should have. an." , and treasurer, screens calls"We look at the adoption as In the early days, volun- from prospective families and a lifetime commitment, life- teors used their own vehicles sets apPointments for further time for you or the dog and to transport the dogs, but screening and for them to should not be taken lightly," thanks to a grant HSAR now meet the dog in person, said Rodrigues. has a van which makes it a lot When interviewing a Williams said the applica- easier according to Williams. prospective family, Rodrigues At the vets, dogs undergo a said HSAR likes all the fatal- complete physical, which in- ly's decision makers present cludes spaying or neutering ff and that includes any pets. needed, are checked for heart- "If there are other clogs in worm, may be de-wormed, the family, they are the ulti- and are vaccinated for parvo mate decision makers. They to become part tion asks questions about how cat program. the dog will be taken care of Volunteers during the day, during the feral cat colonieS' evening and if there is a cats, transport fenced backyard or adequate ing or neutering, play area. ears for turn them to Rodrigues said dogs that are kept in a kennel or tethered Currently, for long periods of time have a erinarians are greater chance of developing in the Mannie behavioral problems, and are "A key feature in the adop- services. tion contract states that if The program anything goes wrong, HSAR Francisco with a wants the dog back," said of six volunteers. Williams. Rodrigues said I After the adoption, HSAR now has 45 volunteers call the new family making after a day, three days, a week the numbers and a month, to make sure it colonies through is the right match and that the neutering. dog and the new family are do- Eventually, ing well. 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