Contact Us:

Harney County Save A Stray Rescue

PO Box 403 • Burns, OR 97720

Melanie Epping: 541-589-1104

Angie Tiller: 541-573-1789

Michele Hamilton: 541-589-0140


Comments (42)


  1. susan kenyon says:

    My family and I have been considering adding a dog to our family over the last couple of years, we really like the working dog breeds. I am wondering about the puppies from Harney county if they are all adopted out. We could provide a loving and safe environment, I am a home maker there is always somebody home here. We would prefer a young female, it just seems that would work best since we have three young girls the ages of 8, 6 and 3 years old. I personally would love an older dog but a puppy would be a better fit with the youngsters. We live in Salem and I am not finding any on the local humane society websites, are they all adopted out already?
    Susan Kenyon

  2. Taylor Reed says:

    What is the status of the Dalmatian? Has a dal recuse stepped up for it? just wondering

  3. Oregon Humane took the Dal in mid-December.

  4. Emily says:

    My mom and I have been looking to bring a little one into our home for a long time now. I was wondering if there were any small breed dogs or puppies? Chis or Yorkies or anything?

  5. Actually we got 3 chi/doxies last week and they are being fostered at Coopers Boarding Kennels in Amity , Or. and are ready to be adopted! Their number is 503-835-3647

  6. janet says:

    i am wonering what breed of puppies you have that are large or medium sized i have been looking for whil and could provide a loving forever home please email me back

  7. janet says:

    contact me i would like to give one of these puppies a hom let me know how stuff works

  8. Destiny Frazier says:

    Hi I live in Edmonds WA, I’m a foster mom for PAWS and Purrfect Pals. I bottle feed kittens every years during the busy kitten season. I’m an experienced Vet. Tech (8 years, 4 in emergency medicine) I would be willing to bottle feed puppies and find them good homes, poss. work with a local shelter to get them all healthy, vaccines, spay/neuter. They would be raised to be great well-rounded social puppies. Please let me know if I could help. Thanks.

  9. lisa says:

    Hello, we are in the portland area and are very interested in adopting one of these puppies. We have a toddler, so a young dog would be best. Are any puppies up this way?



  10. tammy stetson says:

    i will bottle feed any pups you need help with i have worked as a vet asst. for years and i dont work now, ive bottle feed alot of small babies. than you

  11. Thanks, Tammy. I sent your contact info to the folks who may be able to take you up on that offer.

  12. Thanks, Lisa. I sent your contact info to the folks who may be able to take you up on that offer.

  13. Thanks, Destiny. I sent your contact info to the folks who may be able to take you up on that offer.

  14. Thanks, Janet. I sent your contact info to the folks who may be able to take you up on that offer.

  15. Most of the pups are Aussies and Aussie mixes, but that’s certainly not all of them.

  16. janet says:

    and i would also be willing to bottle feed some puppies i have neve done it before but am willing to read up on it i might be able to get 2 i would loveto keep 2 littermates so they would have a friend

  17. Ryan says:

    I would love to add one of these puppies to my home for my daughter, as she unfortunately lost her dog to lymphomia very quickly in October. I believe it would just be wonderful for her to be able to share in the love of having a puppy again and the companionship she is missing. We have experience with cattle breeds, and would love to have one of the female aussie/mix puppies. How do I go about adopting? where can we find/meet them at?

  18. Hi Ryan. Take a look at our home page and scroll down to the posts from Jan 25 & 30; between the two, you have the names of all the rescues who have dogs from this situation and are able to adopt out to good people like your family. And if you do adopt, you’ve opened a slot which allows that rescue to take on another dog or puppy! Harney County Save A Stray is a network of a very small number of volunteers and we’re having trouble keeping up with all the inquiries (a GREAT problem!) so it is best to adopt these dogs from the rescues that have taken them in and let us continue to work with them to take more. THANK YOU!!!

  19. Janet, were you contacted by one of our volunteers? If not, let us know.

  20. Destiny, were you contacted by one of our volunteers? If not, let us know.

  21. Lisa, were you contacted by one of our volunteers? If not, let us know.

  22. Tammy, were you contacted by one of our volunteers? If not, let us know.

  23. Connie says:

    I just saw a posting about this on craigslist. I am not local but would be willing to foster or adopt a pup(s). I am located in Bothell, WA. Are there any shelters near my area that have taken in any dogs? I am willing to drive to pick them up. I want to help. Thanks!

  24. Rocky says:

    It’s Feb. 19th. What do you need at this time?

  25. Capture. Transportation. Foster Homes, especially for the feral teens. Adoptive Homes.

  26. Julie says:

    We would really like to help out a stray. I was told you possibly have Aussie Shepherds, is this the case? Can you please tell me how to go about adopting?

  27. sarahJ says:

    I have been looking for a puppy for the last few months. I can’t seem to rationalize paying for one from a breeder when there are so many that need to be adopted. I saw your post on craigslist and would like to know if there are any puppies left to adopt? I currently have a 7 year old, female, American Staffordshire terrier. She is a wonderful dog and non aggressive. I thought that with the majority of the puppies finding comfort in having another dog around that perhaps I would be a good fit for one of them. I would love to hear from you. Thank you.

  28. Jennifer says:

    Do you think that these dogs would be ok with children? We have aussies and I was curious.

  29. Stratton says:

    I, as well, have a very pit-bull who stands out as the most warm animal I have ever owned. Quickly, a fresh dog breed will can come together for the media to blast, because they have completed rotties and dobies in preceding years. Unfortunate that media sensationalism breeds a lot inaccurate facts.

  30. Deidre says:

    I visited your guys’ booth at the fair and fell in love with and adopted your puppy Sarah. She is a very intelligent, loving, friendly puppy, but unfortunately I had to call you guys to take her back in as she seems to need a lot more one on one right now than I can give her with my work schedule. I wish I could have given her her forever home since I fell in love with her upon meeting. Possibly in the near future if you haven’t found her a home yet and my work schedule evens out we can try again.

  31. Melanie says:


    Sarah has found a home but when you find the time is right and want to try to adopt again please let me know. We usually always have great dogs needing homes!


  32. Talia says:

    I ended up with one of the puppies from that big hoarding case in 2009. He was one of the 1 week old puppies that went to Furkidz. I made a short humorous video of his funny vertical leap…presenting Bodie

  33. kelsey says:

    Hi im looking for a orange tabby. also a little dog

  34. Melanie says:

    Hi Kelsey,
    We don’t have any dogs for adoption right now but I can keep you in mind if we do get one. As far as cats – are you wanting a young adult orange tabby or a kitten, male or female? What can you tell me about you and your home? Will the cat be indoors only? Do you rent or own? Do you have any children, other cats or dogs? Do you live in Burns?

  35. Renee S says:

    I have lost my dog a red dachshund his name was FatBoy Stwyer. I feel really bad that I can not go find him. But if you have found him, all I want to know is that he is with a good family, or if he is gone god bless his soul. I love him. if you ran into a bad lil red dachshund who barks a lot that was my baby. please tell me he is okay it has been forever since i lost him.

  36. Melanie says:

    Hey Renee…no we have never received a red doxie. How long ago did you loose him? All strays go the the vet clinic first…we get the call if they aren’t claimed. Hopefully you checked with them when he went missing?

  37. Raven says:

    HI! I might be able to help occasionally with transportation of felines to Bend Humane Society. I’ll be headed that way in March, next.

  38. Kathryn Karr says:

    I was looking to see if your website allowed for picture attachments. We adopted our sweet Goldie (formerly Butter Cup) from Oregon Humane Society in July 2015 and she came with paperwork from Harney County. Thank you for sending her to OHS! She is wonderful and has integrated perfectly into our family. She is always with us, goes to work with me and is the love of the neighborhood. Santa was good to her also! I’m sending a check via snail mail in appreciation for all that you do for the stray dogs in Harney County.

  39. Melanie says:

    Hi there! Hey I don’t think you can attach a pic but if you send it to my email ( I’ll get it put on there. Thanks so much for adopting a Save A Stray dog!

  40. Melanie says:

    Thanks for your offer. We do occasionally meet up with other shelters in Bend that help find homes for our dogs and cats. Please text me your info at 541-589-1104 and I’ll keep in touch this coming spring.

  41. Sally Hendry says:

    Would you like some used but clean elizabethan collars for both dogs and cats? If so where would you like to have them dropped off?

  42. Melanie says:

    You can always drop them off at Angie’s. Thanks Sally

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