Bend, OR is a mecca for dogs and those who love them, boasting a plethora of dog-friendly events and activities! In fact, Dog Fancy Magazine has named Bend the #1 Most Dog-Friendly City in the country!
The city and surrounding area have one major rescue organization, the Humane Society of Central Oregon. This nonprofit strives to serve the companion animals and communities of Bend and strengthen the animal-human bond through their compassionate care and advocacy. In operation since 1961, the organization offers services including homeless animal care/shelter, a lost and found pet reporting system, animal rehoming, county dog licensing, humane animal treatment education, spay/neuter assistance, shelter presentations, a Pet Visiting Program, and owner-requested euthanasia. Whenever possible, animals in need are placed in foster homes until they are adopted to a responsible, loving family.
Every year, the Humane Society of Central Oregon provides loving care to more than 4,000 abandoned, lost, abused, and neglected companion animals. The shelter has an extensive network of volunteers that help make their efforts possible through animal training, grooming, and enrichment as well as assistance with the veterinary clinic and shelter operations. They also offer youth and community outreach programs, educating Bend on animal welfare, pet care, overpopulation, bite prevention, animal careers, and choosing the right pet for you. Through their extensive efforts over more than 50 years, the Humane Society of Central Oregon has made the animals and communities of Bend, OR happier, safer, and healthier.