Central Oregon Animal Friends
Central Oregon Animal Friends is a Madras, Oregon based 501c(3) nonprofit established in October 2012. This organization was born of a desire to create a better life for the animals of Central Oregon and to do our part to help put an end to pet overpopulation in our area. Upon our formation we hit the ground running to help the Jefferson County Kennels with much needed improvements and supplies. It has been hard work but we love being rewarded by the faces of the 4 footed residents! In November of 2012 COAF was awarded the contract to operate Jefferson County Kennels and as an organization, we then took on a new role in our community. With this change came a new name, Three Rivers Humane Society reflecting the three rivers of Jefferson County; the Deschutes, the Metolius, and the Crooked Rivers. Along with the care of the animals our goals for the organization include healthy financial fitness, building strong community relationships, and facilitating a low cost spay/neuter program for Jefferson and now Wasco County residents.
On January 1st Central Oregon Animal Friends merged with Home At Last Animal Friends. This merger was brought about through communication between both boards of the respective humane societies. Board of Directors of both organizations voted unanimously for the merger, with the unified decision that a merger of the two entities best met the needs of shelter animals and the communities they serve. The Home At Last Board of Directors will now take on the role of fundraising and would like to thank the community for their past and continuing support. The management team of both shelters may be familiar to some in The Dalles, as they previously operated Home At Last before relocating to Madras. It is with pleasure that we welcome back Jerilee and Stephen Drynan. We know they will bring the same success achieved in Madras and Prineville back to Home At Last, and look forward to many happy endings for the deserving animals in The Dalles and surrounding areas.
Central Oregon Animal Friends is committed to promoting healthy, safe and lifelong relationships between people and their pets through sustainable programs of education, adoption and spay/neutering. We will endeavor to fight for the abused and abandoned, and foster a community where no companion animal will be killed because it is homeless.
Our vision for a successful progressive humane animal program is to foster a community of reciprocity with veterinarians, county animal control agencies, pet owners, and potential adopters, with a common commitment to:
- Create an environment of compassionate and respectful treatment of companion animals
- Work toward the goal of putting an end to pet overpopulation through education and community spay/neuter programs
- Promote an atmosphere where euthanizing healthy, adoptable animals is not acceptable.
Our Management Philosophy
- We shall provide shelter and care for animals in need.
- We shall provide programs and services which enhance the bond between animals and people.
- We shall be advocates for animals speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.
- We are committed to Home at Last Humane Society’s mission and goals.
- We strive to lead by example, promoting trust and respect while supporting and empowering staff.
- We are coaches developing the diverse skills of individuals in an environment which fosters open communication.
- We expect all staff to be responsible and accountable. Successes and mistakes are opportunities to learn and grow.
- We advocate effective use of our resources and humane care of animals.