OUR MISSION

Equine Outreach is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the quality of life of equines.  We create a second chance for a good life and second career for abused and neglected equines.  We raise the standing of equines in our community through education and an introduction to the transformative power of horses.  We model compassion, speak out against animal abuse, and promote responsible equine guardianship.

OUR VISION

As we look to the future of Equine Outreach, Inc. our Vision 2020 guides the organization:

EOI believes that every equine in Central Oregon deserves respect, love and compassionate care.  We believe that a community that values all life is a healthy and vibrant one.

Regardless of age, health or behavior it is incumbent upon us to make every reasonable effort to soothe, console and assist equines at-risk when their plight is brought to our attention.  

EOI will improve the health, welfare and quality of life for every equine in its care by: focusing on a continuity of veterinary care, on-going volunteer training, high grade feed, and a constant focus on facility improvement.

We strive to learn how best to enrich the lives of the equines in our care by careful study of research, trying to understand the myriad of subtle, non-verbal clues in equine behavior, and providing opportunities for equines to recreate in natural environments.

We believe that prevention through community outreach and education is an important long-term solution to the problem of equine abuse, neglect and abandonment.

Rather than be territorial we seek to collaborate with our sister organizations, community institutions, local and national equine advocate groups and foundations.

As a learning organization we strive to constantly improve through self-evaluation, employing outside consultants and seeking a variety of critical input from the community, our Board of Directors and our loyal volunteers.

Finally, we will follow best ethical practices in all of our fundraising and finances.

OUR HISTORY

Equine Outreach, Inc. was formed in 2004.  To date, Equine Outreach has provided sanctuary for and rehomed over 800 equines.  In 2017 a new Board of Directors assumed control and separated from the founder in order to improve financial management and refocus on rehoming horses, equine education, and community involvement.  Groups from all over Central Oregon rallied to assist Equine Outreach with the move to a new location, building all the necessary facilities and moving horses.  Equine Outreach is managed and staffed by a dedicated group of volunteers and has been since its inception.  Equine Outreach Inc. is shaped by its history and looks to an exciting future!

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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President

Dianne Scott

Dianne and her husband David have lived in Central Oregon for about 8 years after moving from Eugene. A few years ago they decided to buy five acres on the east side of town to escape the ever-expanding city. They quickly decided to adopt four senior horses from Equine Outreach in November 2017 as the herd at that time was being transferred to their new location at Sundance Meadows. They simply asked the new board to pick four older / least adoptable horses and ended up with the lovely Opal and her buddy Patch as well as sweet Fremont and his bonded pal, Freckles.

 

Since that time, they have been avid supporters of Equine Outreach. Dianne has a background in Project Management. working with a major software company but most importantly, a lifelong love of all animals! She started TNR (trap, neuter, and release) back in Eugene about 20 years ago - socializing and finding homes for many kitties – and now has a feral cat sanctuary of 15 cats, a senior dog rescued from Albany, four pet chickens and their horses -now with the addition of Sultana whose owner died and needed a new chance at age 24. Animal advocacy is a passion for Dianne and she is proud to support these beautiful horses at Equine Outreach!

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Secretary

Johannah Johnson-Weinberg

After graduating from Western Washington University, Johannah moved to Bend to be closer to family. She worked at The Humane Society of Central Oregon where she focused on canine behavior and enrichment. After leaving the humane society she worked as a veterinary assistant and clinic manager at The Bend Spay and Neuter Project. Johannah has a certificate in Animal Behavior from The University of Washington as well as a certificate in low-stress handling. She currently is the General Manager at Bend Pet Express and believes in educating pet owners in pet nutrition and overall wellness. When Johannah is not working she enjoys spoiling her pups Zuma and Phillis.

Board Member

Dana Moody

Dana Moody comes to Equine Outreach, Inc after 25 plus years at the California State Controller's Office. She developed and demonstrated her communication skills and attention to detail as a Liaison between the hundreds of Human Resources departments and SCO's Payroll Division. She currently volunteers at a local non-profit high volume spay and neuter clinic where she does in-clinic work as well as social media outreach.
 

Dana Moody is a life long animal lover and has a large online presence in the animal welfare community with over 7500 followers. She is involved with many aspects of online fundraising for animal welfare such as rescues, animal shelters and even individuals needed help paying vet bills. Dana serves as our Volunteer Coordinator and Ranch Manager. She is also a long time in-clinic volunteer at the Bend Spay + Neuter Project as well as participating in spay/neuter campaigns with ViDAS and Animal Balance. Her horse, Scotch On the Rocks, lives forever in her heart. She lives in Bend with her husband Jim, dog Daffy and former feral kitty Mitzi.

Board Member

Dr Shannon Findlay

Dr. Shannon Findley is a California transplant who grew up in Gilroy, California. She is an alumni of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she completed her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and she then graduated from UC Davis College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Findley completed her internship at BEMC in 2010 and promptly fell in love with beautiful Central Oregon. She has been an associate since 2011. Dr. Findley enjoys all aspects of practice however her particular clinical interests include internal medicine, ultrasonography, preventative medicine, geriatric medicine, neonatal medicine and equine reproduction. Dr. Findley also has specialized training in large animal technical rescue that she received while heading up the UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team. Ask her to show you pictures of her helicopter rescue! She has a strong passion for volunteering in international veterinary medicine (also known as equitarianism). She has traveled to Peru, Central Mexico, Nicaragua, and Morocco for equitarian work and even expanded her repertoire to include work with elephants in Sri Lanka in 2017. In her free time, Dr. Findley can be found on the slopes, on the river, on the trails with one of her Arabians, or enjoying just about any outdoor activity Central Oregon has to offer.

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Advisory

Arie Pilz, PhD

Four+ years as a core volunteer with EOI
20 Years as a non-profit consultant
10 Years as a grant writer
Managing Board Member for Art4Moore a national foundation/grant-making organizations supporting the arts in schools, communities, prisons, etc.
Lifelong horse person and managing partner of the Levis Ranch with my wife and partner Gladys Levis-Pilz.
My focus at EOI is adoption and rehoming and improving the health and welfare of the herd in our care.

FOUNDED IN 2004

Equine Outreach, Inc. (EOI), founded in 2004, is a horse rescue, shelter, and rehabilitation organization. EOI is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, run entirely by volunteers and managed by our Board of Directors.  We work closely with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, several other sheriffs in central and eastern Oregon, the Forest Service, BLM, local Humane Societies, other equine organizations and local veterinarians.

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Equine Outreach in Bend, Oregon, is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the quality of life of equines.  We create a second chance for a good life and second career for abused and neglected equines.  We raise the standing of equines in our community through education and an introduction to the transformative power of horses.  We model compassion, speak out against animal abuse, and promote responsible equine guardianship.

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