They aren't super human. They can't fly or stop speeding bullets. They don't wear capes—but they should. When it comes to dogs and their owners, three nonprofit organizations deserve a high five—or a high paw, that is. DogPAC, Fences For Fido, and Battle Buddies of Central Oregon have displayed super human powers throughout Bend and the surrounding areas, and for that, they're earning a place in the "Canine Justice League."
The Superman of our Canine Justice League trifecta has to be the DogPAC organization. This nonprofit group is working diligently on several fronts to promote, expand, and maintain off-leash recreational areas for our four-legged friends. Their mission is to "promote health and enjoyment of dogs and their guardians" by providing off-leash recreation.
The DogPAC.org website is a tremendous resource. On top of the everyday push for new parks and trails, they've assembled a free and detailed list of great areas to unleash your pup. Their website breaks it down by categories including "OLAs" (off-leash areas), "Summer Trails" and "Winter Trails." Here you will find descriptions of local parks or trails, directions, maps and expected conditions. The site is also a gold mine for etiquette tips when it comes time to unleash the hounds.
Sign up to volunteer or donate to the cause at DogPAC.org.
Superpower Building and maintaining off-leash areas and trails
Location Bend, Redmond, Sunriver
Fences For Fido
The compassion and chain-breaking power of the Fences for Fido organization earns them the Wonder Woman role of the Canine Justice League. Fences for Fido builds fenced enclosures for dogs that would otherwise be left on chains to endure the harsh elements. Operating on a 100 percent volunteer basis, they have a mission to "UN-chain...one dog at a time."
Families in need may apply directly through the Fences for Fido website. Community members can also refer a disadvantaged dog (and its human family) anonymously. This nonprofit is truly focused on the well-being of dogs in the Central Oregon area. Along with the construction of a fence, the participants receive an insulated doghouse as well as options for free spay or neutering.
In true Wonder Woman-esque fashion, the committed volunteers at Fences for Fido accomplish an average of eight to 10 fencing projects each month. Sign up to lend a hand or donate at fencesforfido.org.
Superpower Building fences, granting freedom
Location Central Oregon
Contact fencesforfido.org | 503-621-9225
Battle Buddies of Central Oregon
Working in the trenches to round out the Canine Justice League is Battle Buddies of Central Oregon. In a superhero league, they would be like Batman. As an organization, Battle Buddies of Central Oregon has set a mission to "combat veteran suicide though Service Dog training."
The staff of volunteer veterans and civilians understands the therapeutic power of canines. In hopes of ending the 22-veteran-a-day suicide rate, the Battle Buddies of Central Oregon recruit and evaluate Service Dog candidates, provide canine boarding and offer dog food assistance.
All services provided by Battle Buddies of Central Oregon are budget-based. Find ways to support, or volunteer to work alongside the Dark Knight of the Canine Justice league by visiting their website, battlebuddiesco.org. Application forms for veterans in need are also available online.
Superpower Providing Service Dog training, supporting veterans
Location Central Oregon
Contact battlebuddiesco.org | 541-390-7587