Animals Available for Adoption
These animals are available for immediate adoption from Deschutes County Sheriff's Office. If you're interested in adoption an animal, please fill out a Livestock Adoption. Deschutes County Sheriff's Office does NOT charge an adoption fee for any of these animals, however, potential adopters must complete an adoption application 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. Community members needing more information or interested in adopting one of our animals can contact Technician Mariya Leufven at 541-617-3368.
We also encourage you to view additional horses available for adoption at Equine Outreach, Three Sisters Equine Refuge, the Oregon Humane Society, Humane Society of Central Oregon, or Brightside Animal Center.
This good looking blue-eyed paint was recently gelded (mid-March, 2015). “Cody” is approximately 15-16 years of age has a great personality and is in excellent health. We believe that he has had some past training and may have been ridden on the past. He recently had all four of his hooves trimmed; while he was a little tentative at first, he settled right down and the farrier work was completed with no issues. As you can see, he’s not a tall horse. We think with the right remedial training, in the hands of someone who knows what they are doing, he’d make an excellent mount for a teen or smaller adult rider.
***Note: Cody is currently participating in the Oregon Rescue Challenge where he will receive 120 days of training and will be available for adoption on June 29th and 30th at the Rim Rock Riders Event Center in Powell Butte. Anyone interested in adopting Cody should contact Technician Mariya Leufven in advance at 541-617-3368 to start the adoption process.
Storm is an Arab mix who is in her early thirties. She is a curious creature who enjoys treats, belly rubs and getting her hooves trimmed/cleaned. Storm might be shy at first but will definitely enjoy hugs and kisses once she gets to know you. Storm is looking for that special little girl to spoil her.
Dani is a big (16+ hands) robust Thoroughbred mare, somewhere in her mid-teens to early 20s. She was abandoned in the La Pine area and came into our care in late 2013. She is in good health, with no apparent pre-existing problems. While she generally has a friendly personality, she can be a little “stand-offish” at times. She will generally mellow out and be agreeable to handling after someone has spent some time with her and earned her trust. We believe that she has had training in the past, and with some work, could probably be ridden. She does have some “fire” to her, in typical Thoroughbred fashion, so she would do better with an experienced owner.
Lullaby is a dark bay POA mare, approximately 9-11 years old. She’s in good health and while she can have a bit of an attitude at times, she’ll generally come around once someone has earned her trust. Given that she came in with several other horses that had prior training and had been ridden, we think she has too. She needs an experienced owner who knows what they are doing.
***Note: Lullaby is currently participating in the Oregon Rescue Challenge where she will receive 120 days of training and will be available for adoption on June 29th and 30th at the Rim Rock Riders Event Center in Powell Butte. Anyone interested in adopting Cody should contact Technician Mariya Leufven in advance at 541-617-3368 to start the adoption process.
Patti is a 20+ year-old dark bay mare. She was abandoned, so we don’t have much information on her. She is, however, in good health, and based on our interactions with her, we’re pretty sure she’s had some past training, to include being ridden. Because of her age, we think she would do well as either a “pasture buddy” or a mount for a smaller teen/adult who has some past horse experience.