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.

The P.E.T serves the entire Deschutes County area including Bend, Redmond, Crooked River Ranch,Sisters, LaPine, and surrounding areas. Our primary objective is to serve animals in crisis. P.E.T. has an MOU with Red Cross and is part of the Incident Command System.

We are pleased to announce the addition of our Crook County Team!

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.

News & Events

This holiday season, when you order from Amazon - go to Amazon Smile and select the Pet Evacuation Team as your charity recipient for donation from each purchase! Thank you!


2750Sincere thanks goes out to our P.E.T. donors!   

Lee and Margo Flegel                Mail and More                         Larry and Jamie Kanski                         Sharon Parr, Kerri Emert
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.                                 Margaret Olson                       Mail & More Redmond             Eco-Scapes                               Home Again & Rimrock Vet.
Robert & Della Harrison           Wally & Marie Sturtevant      Michelle Speck                                         Leta Bidwell, Amanda Lowe
Lynne Brown, DVM                   Ed & Linda-Blissful Acres       Susan Gray                                                Scott & Ellen Koertje
Christy Bernheim                      Bend Pet Express                    The Hathaways                                        Bend Emergency Clinic 
Patricia Hanus                           Merle & Judy Jackson              Build-a-Bear Workshop Foundation $1000!!    
Sign Pro - equipment trailer signage donation!!                     Redmond Vet.Clinic              Bend Equine      Bend Pet Express
Deschutes County Grants!!!  $2000   $1000                             Patrick Environmental             Vikki Sherrer 
Whole Foods Market donation!

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About the P.E.T

info@petevacuationteam.com  | P.O.Box 922, Redmond, Oregon 97756.

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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.

A 501 c 3, non-profit animal rescue organization 

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 over 124 volunteer & resource P.E.T members. P.E.T has assisted with over 14 local wildfire evacuations, the Prineville flood, assisted after hurricane Katrina and provides community assistance in individual cases. The Pet Evacuation Team also offers community presentations for disaster preparedness, in-house training opportunities and training to other agencies.

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