Beautiful   STOCK Animals 
   ARE (
or MAY BE SOON)     
Available for Adoption! 

Dogs and/or cats that the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office comes into contact with are usually taken to a local Humane Society in Bend or Redmond if no owner can be immediately located due to lack of collar, tags or other identification. There, the animal may be eventually reunited with its owner, or if no one claims it, eventually adopted out to a new home.

Larger stock animals (cows and horses, with the occasional sheep, pigs, emus, goats, ducks and/or chickens, etc.) are sometimes seized in abuse and/or neglect cases. Some owners who are the subject of such an investigation may voluntarily relinquish their ownership rights to the Sheriff's Office. Some animals are also occasionally found at large with no known owner(s). In these cases, the animals are usually housed at the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Livestock Rescue and Shelter.

In December, 2002, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office seized 129 sick, pregnant and malnourished horses from a property east of Bend near Millican. With few choices on where to transfer the horses for treatment, they were taken to the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond. Mixing sick horses with healthy stock that may have been present during a variety of equestrian-related events there posed a definite problem. Research and planning was started to secure a location where animals from any future neglect and abuse cases could be contained, quarantined and cared for.

In September 2009, the current facility was developed through a partnership with the Board of Deschutes County Commissioners, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, the Deschutes County Road Department, and the Humane Society of Central Oregon. The shelter was made possible in part by donations from local businesses, including Knife River, Dr. Tony Oddo of High Desert Veterinary, and numerous in-kind donators.

Within 24 - 48 hours upon their arrival at the ranch, animals are examined by a veterinarian; any recommendations by the vet are quickly put into place. This may include a better quality/quantity feed program to assist an animal in gaining weight, farrier care, teeth floating, administration of needed medications such as wormers, and/or any other recommendations for the general welfare of the    animal(s). Our goal is to improve the animals' overall health and care, improving them to a point where they can eventually be adopted out to better homes.

The rescue shelter is located on 23 acres of county-owned land with numerous livestock pens, (20)  mid-sized corrals, and (3) larger dry pasture areas. The Sheriff’s Office utilized inmate Work Crew labor for completion of the project and continues to use inmate labor for weekly maintenance.

On occasion, animals, predominantly horses, become available for adoption and information is posted on this site. We try and provide a brief history for each animal and an idea of how much prior training they may have had, IF we can determine that information from a prior owner. Some horses can be ridden or used for other equestrian-related activities. Some, because of their age or other medical conditions, might just need to be "pasture pets", with a kind and attentive owner who will care for them. We do get the occasional cow, sheep or goat that may be available for adoption as well.

While the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office does NOT charge an adoption fee for any of these animals, potential adopters must complete an adoption application (see link below) and pass a criminal history background check. In addition, an on-site inspection of a potential adopter's facilities will be completed to ensure that an adopted animal can be adequately cared for. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office also reserves the right to "spot check" any adopted animals for a period of one (1) year to ensure their continuing health and welfare.














**No animals currently in this category**





We encourage you to view additional horses available for adoption at
Equine Outreach, Inc.
located in Bend, Oregon



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Occasionally, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office comes into possession of stock animals with no known owner(s). While we will make every effort to locate a legal owner, many times, these animals often go unclaimed.

 Just as we ask people who have lost a cat or dog to check with and notify their local animal shelter, we ask that those who may have lost a stock animal to notify the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and a local animal shelter as soon as possible. Many times, we may already have possession of such an animal that has yet to be reported missing. Since these types of animals rarely have any kind of identification other than a brand, we may not know who to contact as far as ownership. An owner's prompt notification of any lost or missing livestock animals avoids "wear and tear" on an animal, from transporting it to various locations instead of simply getting it back where it belongs.

If you have lost or are missing a stock animal, please call the non-emergency 911 line at (541) 693-6911 as soon as possible. A dispatcher can either take the information, or have someone from the Sheriff's Office call you for a more complete description.

Under Deschutes County's found/abandoned property policies, the Sheriff's Office can seek ownership of these unclaimed animals by first having such animals in their physical possession for sixty (60) days.

After the first 30 days of that period, "Public Notices" are posted in three public buildings in Deschutes County and on this website. These notices, which are left in place for a period of thirty (30) days from the first date of posting, are usually placed in the front lobby at the main Sheriff's Office in Bend, downstairs at the Deschutes Services Center administration building at 1300 NW Wall Street in Bend, and downstairs at the Deschutes County courthouse on the public notices bulletin board.

If no one claims such listed animals at the end of that 30-day posting period, the Sheriff's Office can then consider the animals as Sheriff's Office property, and the animals  will usually then be put up for adoption.

The following animals fall into this second category. While not currently available for adoption, they should be if no previous owner is identified after 30 days of posting. The starting posting date is listed at the bottom of each flyer:




Oregon State Statutes dealing with Offenses Against Animals:   


Deschutes County Codes related to Animal Control (including dog licensing):      


Oregon Humane Society:         


 Animal Legal Defense Fund:   


Disposal of Animal Mortality and Byproducts:


Deschutes County Livestock Range maps:



For questions or additional information, please contact:

Lt. ​Paul Garrison, 541-​617-3380

Dep. Neil Mackey, 541-948-7123


   Page last updated:   

March 14, 2016