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A 501 c 3, non-profit animal rescue organization
About the P.E.T

Established in 2001, the P.E.T began working with Search & Rescue of Deschutes Co. and the pet team in LaPine (created by Dan & Brenda Bensmiller). Later, due to illness, the Bensmillers donated their equipment to the Redmond-based team.

P.E.T is a role model for other communities in the State. P.E.T provides continuing information & expertise to other groups and agencies. P.E.T. is recognized as a respected animal rescue group through the State Police/Governor's preparedness website.


Volunteers may participate in a variety of areas:

  • Office & information
  • Phones
  • Rescue & response
  • PIO & PR
  • Donations
  • Resources
  • Intake of animals
  • Animal care & housing
  • Foster homes for abuse case animals

All volunteers must fill out an application & waiver and attend our three-part training.

Today, P.E.T works under the direction of Red Cross and Emergency services during Central Oregon evacuations. The regional coordinator is part of the incident command team. There are 114 volunteer & resource P.E.T members. P.E.T has assisted with over 10 local wildfire evacuations, the Prineville flood, and assisted after hurricane Katrina.

Donations are needed to rebuild the equipment inventory. A wish & needs list is included on our website. 

The P.E.T serves the entire Deschutes County area including Bend, Redmond, Sisters, LaPine, and surrounding areas. Our primary objective is to serve animals in crisis.

View our slideshow from our Large Animal Training .

For more information or to help, contact us at info@petevacuationteam.com  or mail us at P.O.Box 922, Redmond, Oregon 97756.
Sincere thanks goes out to our P.E.T. donors!             
Lee and Margo Flegel                Mail and More                              Larry and Jamie Kanski                                Sharon Parr
Beth Frana   & Mike                  Liz Scanlon                                    WitzEnd Consulting - Annette Witzel            Avid
Tom Frana                               Joanie McKenzie                             Michelle Leighty                                          Angelina Crawford
Stephen Pappa, DVM                Kim Little-Rescue Tech Intl.            Stanley Clark, Atty.                                    Ed Bartz & Linda Ayling-BARR                                    Margaret Olson                                     Rbt.&Della Harrison                              Wally & Marie Sturtevant
Lynne Brown, DVM                  Ed & Linda-Blissful Acres                Susan Gray                                                Scott & Ellen Koertje
Christy Bernheim
Patricia Hanus                        Merle & Judy Jackson                    Build-a-Bear Workshop Foundation $1000!!   
Sign Pro - equipment trailer signage donation!! 
Deschutes County Grants!!!$2000        
Whole Foods Market donation!