Lost & Found Animals

Lost Pets

Dogs and 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.

If you've lost a pet, please contact (541) 923-0882 ext. 200 for a current list of incoming strays or look for the stray report listed in the Bulletin.

If your pet isn't on our list of stray animals, try contacting the below organization:

Humane Society of Central Oregon

hsoco-shelter.jpg61170 S.E. 27th Street
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 382-3537

Monday–Friday 10 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Animal Receiving closes at 4:30
Animal Adoptions close ½ hour prior to the shelter closing

BrightSide Animal Center

1355 NE Hemlock Ave.
Redmond, Oregon
(541) 923-0882

Mon-Fri. 10 am to 5 pm
Sat. 10 am to 4 pm


Lost Stock Animals

If you have lost or are missing a stock animal, please call the non-emergency ​telephone 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. 

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.  

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.

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. 

Deschutes County Sheriff 2016

Adult Jail

(541) 388-6661

Main Office

63333 West Hwy 20
Bend, OR. 97703

(541) 388-6655
(541) 693-6911 (Non-emergency after hours)

Monday - Friday 8-5pm

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