Emergency Animal Evacuations and Sheltering

Fires are getting bigger and more destructive, putting more animals at risk

PET evacuates and cares for all types of animals

PET volunteers assisted with rescuing dozens of animals in the dark after a night-time rollover accident near the Ochoco Reservoir

During the Santiam Fires, P.E.T. volunteers worked in rotating shifts 24/7 for nine days at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds to provide care for evacuated animals.

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PET emergency response trailers are fully equipped to rescue and shelter animals in crisis.

About PET

The Pet Evacuation Team (PET) exists to serve people and animals in crisis. Emergency animal evacuations and sheltering during disasters are critical to our community and save lives.

We work in partnership with the Red Cross, law enforcement and local emergency services during Central Oregon evacuations, providing care and a safe haven for animals who have been evacuated. We have assisted in disasters for over 20 years, including 16 local wildfire evacuations, and a flood in Prineville. PET also provides crucial support to individuals with animal/pet-related emergencies, and to law enforcement in animal seizure cases. Our all-volunteer, non-profit organization serves all of Deschutes County, and parts of Jefferson and Crook Counties.

Each fire season is worse than the last one, with fires often occurring in different locations simultaneously and lasting longer. To serve these communities in crisis and allow us to activate more quickly, we need your support.

Donate Now

PET is currently seeking donations for our response truck and to equip a second emergency response trailer with life-saving supplies such as: pet sheltering kennels, fencing, tools, PPE, a generator, portable A/C, pet food, and animal first aid kits.

    Donations are always needed to continue our life-saving work. 

    Central Oregon Gives

    A HUGE THANK YOU to every one of you who donated to PET during the Central Oregon Gives 2021 holiday giving campaign.

    Your generosity will help PET be at-the-ready to evacuate, shelter and care for animals experiencing crisis situations in 2022.

    Of course, you can always make a tax-deductible donation any time of the year! Your support is greatly appreciated as we gear up for another demanding fire season. 



    Donate to PET

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    Vikki helps Dr. Heather with burn victim.

    Team Snapshots


    PET is run entirely by dedicated volunteers who love helping people and animals.  New volunteers are always welcome, and invited to fill out an application & waiver and to attend our trainings (required).