HSO was founded in 1995 in a temporary structure and serves a 3,000 square mile area stretching all the way to Burns with a diversified resident population that has grown 47% since its beginning! Though its major focus is Crook County, the animal shelter assists and adopts to people from all around Central Oregon, including Bend, Redmond, Sisters, and adjacent towns. The shelter provides for roughly 1,000 animals each year and is run by a fiscally responsible staff of eight full and part-time animal caretakers.
The 27-year-old shelter has deteriorated significantly and must be replaced with the construction of a new shelter facility to provide safe, secure housing while minimizing interruption for the community’s animals and the public. Without a proper new shelter, the community risks reverting to a municipal run shelter utilizing tax dollars to pay living wages, benefits, and to build and operate the facility. HSO is in the last stages of design and construction documents and is seeking community support in the form of donations, in-kind pledges, and volunteers to help with fundraising. If this is not done immediately, the life of the Crook County shelter and community services HSO provides will be jeopardized.