Founded in 1995 as the inspiration and vision of former Prineville residents Gladys Logsdon and Donna Whitcomb. The Humane Society of the Ochocos has come a long way since then and and we have many of you to thank for that! The current shelter was constructed in 1996 as a temporary facility when the local population was just 17,000…it is now over 25,000 which represents a 47% increase! The needs of the County have outgrown the current shelter’s capacity.
In 2006, HSO paved the way and became the first animal shelter in Central Oregon to adopt the no kill philosophy.
“Crook County’s animal lovers don’t have to worry that an overcrowded shelter means some animals will have to be put to sleep. For almost a year, the Humane Society has been operating under an official ”no-kill” policy that has dropped its euthanasia rate for cats from 37 percent to 3 percent. The change makes the Humane Society of the Ochocos the only no-kill shelter in Central Oregon.” The Bulletin Read more
The Past (circa 1996)
The physical structure of HSO has required constant repair and maintenance. There are insufficient medical isolation facilities at the McCall Road location. As a result, cats in need of special care are sent to the HART House in Prineville. The HART House is owned and operated by the Lynch family and the space is generously donated for shelter use.
The Present 2022
To create a community responsible for animals, to give shelter to stray and abandoned animals, and find them loving, permanent homes. Further, we are dedicated to improving the welfare of all companion animals in Crook County by promoting spay / neutering and other expressions of responsible pet ownership. Without the support of our community we would not have progressed as far as we have toward fulfilling this mission. Further, we are dedicated to improving the welfare of all companion animals in Crook County by promoting spay/neutering and other expressions of responsible pet ownership and to remain a No-Kill Shelter.
- Every companion animal in our community will be treated with respect.
- Every adoptable animal in our care will be placed in a loving home.
- Every lost animal in our care will be reunited with its owner.
- Every dog and cat owner in our community will have access to affordable spay and neuter services.