Saving Animals in Crisis

Pet Evacuation Team rescues animals from natural disasters, neglect, and other emergency situations. 

Trained Volunteers

Becoming a P.E.T Volunteer is rewarding. Come see how you can join the team. 

About PET

Established in 2001, PET 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 PET is a role model for other communities in the State. PET provides continuing information & expertise to other groups and agencies. PET is recognized as a respected animal rescue group through the State Police/Governor’s preparedness website.

    PET 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 130 volunteer & resource PET members. PET has assisted with over 14 local wildfire evacuations, the flood in Prineville, assisted after hurricane Katrina and provides community assistance in individual cases. PET has assisted in several animal seizure cases, assisting law enforcement from Oregon State Police, Deschutes Co., Lake Co., Baker Co., & Harney Co. The Pet Evacuation Team also offers community presentations for disaster preparedness, in-house training opportunities and training to other agencies.

    Donations are always needed to continue our important operations.  

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

    PET serves the entire Deschutes County area including Bend, Redmond, Crooked River Ranch, Sisters, LaPine, Prineville, Madras, Warm Springs, North Klamath County and surrounding areas. Our primary objective is to serve animals in crisis. PET has an MOU with Red Cross, with all four animal shelters in Central Oregon and is part of the Incident Command System. 

    Contact us at 541-610-6628, 22160 NE Butler Market Rd Bend OR 97701 or

    News & Events

    See the 10/15/2020 article in The Source Weekly by clicking here:

    Rescuing Animals Out of the Ashes

    See the 9/18/20 article in Bend Bulletin by clicking here:

    Temporary Shelter

    Regional Co-Coordinators:

    Vikki Sheerer and Ed Bartz


    Snapshots of the TEAM