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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 1B Breaking ground at the site for High Sierra Animal Rescue in 2001. The Quinn family is all smiles after adopting Curly earlier this year. Adoptions take place at the shelter and other locations with the help of staff and volunteers. It's on a mission to save lives This is the first in a series of articles about High Sierra Animal Rescue, a local no-kiU rescue organization committed to saving homeless animals and advancing pet welfare. His name was Sidney. Steve and Nancy Harding (of the Graeagle Store) weren't looking for a dog the day Nancy's co-worker brought Sidney to the hospital where she worked. But her friend, a volunteer with High Sierra Animal Rescue, assured Nancy, "This is your dog!" Nancy looked into Sidney's soft brown eyes, and knew her friend was right. The small, yellow lab mix puppy was named Sidney after Steve's grandfather, a man he respected and missed. The two became inseparable, and Sidney would scarcely leave Steve's side, except to greet customers and vendors at the Graeagle Store. Sidney was soon joined by Libby, another HSAR rescue dog, and the two became the best of friends. Says Nancy "Sidney was everything to us. We provided the best we could for him and we are forever grate/td to High Sierra Animal Rescue." Photo credit On the front page of last week's regional section, photo credit was given to John Fisher for all of the pictures taken of the Hamilton Branch Bridge construction project. Staff writer Stacy Fisher took all but one of the photos over a several month period. First of 4,200 Sidney's adoption took place in June of 1999, just a few weeks after HSAR was formed. This first adoption marked the beginning of the important work of HSAR and its co-founders, Doug and Betty Rodrigues, a journey that now spans over 18 years. They couldn't have known it at the time, but Sidney's adoption marked the first of the now 4,200 adoptions carried out by the rescue organization since its inception in 1999, and his long, happylife with the Hardings might not have been possible without it. Doug and Betty Rodrigues didn't initially set out to start an animal rescue. Long-time animal lovers, they were considering donating a specialized piece of equipment to the community such as a diagnostic test machine, to be used by local vets and the county shelter. Around this time, they met Terry Popish, a local dog trainer Who had a vision of starting a rescue organization to help end the senseless killing of animals in Plumas County. Looking at the three years prior to HSAR's founding, 1996 through 1998, an average of 1,100 animals (cats and dogs) came into the county shelter annually. Unable to handle this large number of unwanted animals, anestimated 500 adoptable animals -- 300 cats and 200 dogs -- were being euthanized by the county each year. See HSAR, page 4B RESIDENTIAL DRIVERS QUINCY & CHESTER LOCATIONS! SIGN-ON BONUS & BONUS FOR WASTE EXPERIENCE PREFERRED! REQUIREMENTS .= Minimum of 1 year of relevant work experience Class A or B CDL Competitive Pay, Great Benefits & Opportunities for Growth/ Equal Opportunity Employer. Minority/Femate/DisabilityNeteran High Sierra Animal Rescue's state-of-the-art rescue and boarding facility is located in Delleker. Sidney, with adopter Steve Harding, was the first of the now 4,200 animals rescued and adopted from High Sierra Animal Rescue since i999. Photos submitted L ,= You deserve a more personal level of care from doctors you know and trust. Many people dontt know that in addition to being a fellowship-trained General Surgeon, Ben Hunt MD FACS is also a wilderness EMT and spends much of his time outdoors, He enjoys backcountry skiing, whitewater kayaking, backpacking and biking, and his favorite outdoor activity isspending time with his family. His wife, Alexandra Hunt MD sees patients at Plumas District Hospital for Priman/Care and Obstetrics. Dr. Hunt performs both inpatient and outpatient surgeries. His philosophy is that, "communication is the key to any healthy relationship." He says, "One of the most important things I do as a surgeon is listen to my patients and ensure that we are communicating effectively, so that we have the same goals and expectations." Board certified General Surgeon Ben Hunt MD FACS is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He cares for a wide range of conditions focusing on the complex and interrelated organs of the abdomen. He is fellowship trained in laparoscopic surgery, a specialized minimally invasive surgical technique, associated with less pain and quicker recovery than traditional open surgery. For more information about Dr. Hunt's surgical services, visit us online at HOSPITAL Our Mission