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Humane Society of Central Oregon and Bend Spay+Neuter Project Join Forces for Animals in Central Oregon

Bend Spay+Neuter Project becomes a program of HSCO, consolidating services to better serve animals and people in the region

The Humane Society of Central Oregon (HSCO) and Bend Spay+Neuter Project are announcing that the two organizations have come together to create efficiencies within Central Oregon’s animal welfare services. Bend Spay+Neuter Project (BSNP) will become a program of HSCO, continuing to provide low-cost spay and neuter and basic wellness services for pets. Both organizations have similar missions, grounded in compassionate and humane care for animals. In a swiftly growing community, consolidating the organizations will enhance services for both people and pets.

“The strong relationship between HSCO and BSNP goes back to when our organization was founded, and we have continued to work together on many projects that affect animal welfare in Central Oregon,” said Laura Fritz, interim executive director of Bend Spay+Neuter Project. “This move makes good sense so we can provide easy access, under one organization, to a wide array of services that provide compassionate and humane care for animals” said Sabrina Slusser, executive director of the Humane Society of Central Oregon.

Low-cost animal care services, including spay and neuter surgeries, vaccines and wellness exams, will continue at the current Bend Spay+Neuter Project clinic on Wilson Avenue in Bend. HSCO plans to continue other programs, such as specialty clinics in outlying communities, and is exploring ways to merge the two organizations’ pet food banks.

Media Contacts:
Lynne Ouchida, Humane Society of Central OR, Outreach Manager, 541-350-2589
Marie Melsheimer, Bend Spay Neuter Project, Board Member, 541-815-3951

About Humane Society of Central Oregon:
The Humane Society of Central Oregon has been serving the people and animals in Central Oregon since 1961. The mission of the Humane Society of Central Oregon is to strengthen the human-animal bond by advocating and compassionately caring for animals.

About Bend Spay+Neuter Project:
Located in Bend, Oregon, the Bend Spay+Neuter Project provides affordable, preventative care and other services to the entire Central Oregon region – all with a mission of keeping pets and people together. Services include spay and neuter for dogs and cats; a trap, neuter, release program for community cats; wellness clinics for basic care and immunizations; HOPE Pet Food Bank; and other pet-related services, such as microchips and providing coats for homeless dogs. Find out more at