Save A Stray dog on AM Northwest!

Indy was a rescued pup from the HC vet clinic. These are the “Happy Tails” that keep Save A Stray going. Instead of being euthanized because he wasn’t claimed by his owner, instead Indy was rescued and taken to the South Pacific County Humane Society in Long Beach, Wa. From there he was chosen to participate in the “Freedom Tails” program at the Stafford Creek Correction Center in Aberdeen, Wa.  As you can see from the link below he got a wonderful home after going through the training program.  Saving these strays really does make a difference, in fact Indy’s new owner is an author who is considering writing a book about finding Indy through the prison program.

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Our Year So Far

Next month marks our 3 year anniversary since we rescued our first, stray dogs impounded at HC Vet Clinic.  It’s hard to believe 3 years have gone by and we’re still here rescuing animals in Harney County. We want to thank everyone that has supported us in any way, we couldn’t do this alone.

Just last week 7 dogs, 8 puppies and 13 kittens made their way to 3 different Humane Societies to find their forever homes. Save A Stray makes several trips like this a year. We want to thank Chris and her crew from the Humane Society of Redmond for helping us by taking so many of our dogs and puppies for us, please check them out at They have lots of great cats and dogs up for adoption. We also want to thank the Oregon Humane Society in Portland, Or. for helping us out, you can visit their website at And a big thanks to the South Pacific County Humane Society in Long Beach, Wa. that takes in most of our cats and kittens, you can check them out at  If you are looking for a specific type of dog or cat, please check out  This is a wonderful tool to go dog and cat “shopping” from the comfort of your own home.  These shelters are a BIG part in the saving of the dogs and cats, without their willingness to take in these animals we couldn’t keep our rescue going.

100% of all donations made to Save A Stray  goes directly to the care of the animals, we are all volunteers doing this in our spare time.  So far this year we have saved over 100 dogs and around 85 cats not counting all the ones we helped to spay and neuter that remain here in Harney County.   We are a 501-c3 non profit so all donations made are 100% deductible.

We continue to ask for your support in any way.  Monetary donations can be made to any US Bank or by sending it to us at P O Box 403, Burns, Or. 97720 or by clicking on the “Donate” button right here on our website.

Please remember to call us if you are looking to adopt a cat or a dog, we may have just what you are looking for! 541-589-1104

Thanks for caring! Save A Stray Today!

Melanie Epping

Angie Tiller  &

Michele Hamilton

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We had a great adoption event at Big R over the Memorial weekend and would like to thank Jim and the crew at Big R for providing a nice WARM place to have our animals. 5 cats and 3 dogs found new homes! We would like to thank everyone that stopped by to support us by adopting, donating and by thanking us for what we do. Please call us if you are looking for a new family member. We almost always have cats, kittens and dogs looking for new homes. If we don’t have what you are looking for we can put you on our waiting list! By adopting locally YOU are SAVING A STRAY!

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It’s Spring Fling Time at Big R!!

Please join us May 26th, 27th and 28th at our adoption event at Big R. We will have some cats, kittens, big and small dogs up for adoption. Our hours will be from 11-5 each day. Hope to see you there!

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How we can help….

While we want to help EVERYONE that calls us for help sometimes we are not able to but we can direct you to someone that can, please check the list here on our website.
As most of you know Save A Stray DOES NOT have a building to house the animals and currently have only 3 foster homes. Until we find more foster homes we can not take in any more CATS at this time. If you have a mom cat with kittens and can keep them until they are 8 weeks old and or 2 pounds we can help get mom and all the kittens spayed and neutered at little or no cost to you and then possibly help to find homes for the kittens.


Please call us for more info on how we can help with the feral cats.

Most of the time we can take dogs and puppies, so please call us for help with them.


First if you are moving and can’t take your pet, please check with friends and family first to see if they might be able to help you out.


If you have found a stray dog, it must be impounded at the local vet clinic first and if not claimed by the owner then we will save it from being euthanized. If you have found a stray cat we can help to get it spayed or neutered at NO COST to you if you agree to feed it or can keep it until a home can be found.

Any questions, please call Melanie at 541-589-1104

Save A Stray would like to ask for your continued support by helping in any way you can.

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Humane Society of the Ochocos in Prineville 541-447-7178 or

Redmond Humane Society 541-923-0882 or

CRAFT in Bend 541-389-8420 or

Idaho Humane Society in Boise 208-342-3508 x 2239 or

Northwest Animal Companions in Boise 208-429-6600 or

Cat Adoption Team in Sherwood 503-925-8903 or

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Here are a couple of places where you can get your pets fixed for a reduced price. Call for prices.

Bend Spay & Neuter Project
910 SE Wilson Ste. B1
Bend, Or. 97701

Companion Pet Clinic of Bend
3197 A-1 N Hwy 97
Bend, Or. 97701

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Harney County Save A Stray Needs Your Help

Do you have some time and space in your home to foster a dog or cat? We could really use your help! For any rescue organization foster homes mean the difference between saving the animal’s life or not being able to. We provide all the supplies needed while the animal is in your care. Please call us if you can help! 541-589-1104

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Riley Rocks!

Here is a happy tail about Riley (aka Ajax) from the Princeton rescue.  You may remember Riley; he looked so sad in his before photo.  Well, after being in a foster home, and being adopted out a few times,  he has finally found his forever home with Kathleen.  She is committed to giving him the time and patience he deserves!

Things are going pretty well. Riley has warmed up to me a lot and is getting better around my boyfriend. My girl dog is starting to like him, but my boy dog is showing a lot of dominance. I did expect that though. They do run and play together at the river, but my boy dog is still resistant to him. It will take some time!!

Riley gets to play with all the other dogs that want to play with him and he plays very nice. Yesterday there was lots of dogs there, he ran and played in the water like he was in doggie heaven. He wasn’t sure of the water at first, but is getting braver and braver. He is still very scared of everything when we are not out in the open spaces, but with each day I know he will learn to trust us more. He really is a perfect angel, he just needs to come out of his shell.

YAY for Riley!

Remember Shadow?

Shadow came to us back in May after being shot by a high powered gun that shattered his foreleg.  Thanks to Pasados he is living a great life in Kitty City until he finds a forever home.

He is doing really well.  He even rolls on his side and lets Pasados workers scratch his stomach.   He’s in a pretty plush space now with about twenty other friends.  He can go outside whenever he wants but he also knows where the beds and ample food are, too.  He’s ready for his forever home, which will open up a space for another kitty in need.

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