Our Mission

The mission of Furry Freight Shelter Transport is to save lives by providing transport for dogs and cats from overpopulated areas to areas of high demand to reduce the euthanasia rate of adoptable pets.

Studies show that transport provides a means of addressing population imbalance issues in communities. It supports the movement of animals from shelters overburdened with more animals than they have the capacity to care for and a limited market demand to shelters with fewer animals and higher market demand thus reducing euthanasia and saving animal lives.

Our Leadership

Kim Wilken
Board Member

Kim is currently a registered nurse living in Bend, Oregon. After moving to Oregon and seeing the space available, and knowing other areas of the country were still euthanizing for space, decided to start transporting animals north. She has had a love for companion animals since she was a child and has spent many hours volunteering at rescues, shelters, a high volume spay and neuter clinic and practicing TNR for community cats. Other interests include hiking, paddle boarding, traveling and spending time with her husband Bryan and two spoiled dogs.

Elaine Gilbert
Board Member

Elaine is a retired Registered Nurse and now dedicates her retirement time to improving the lives of animals. She was the child and adult who always brought home the animals that needed a soft place to land. She has been involved with many aspects of animal care as a volunteer including post surgery recovery of cats and dogs at a high volume spay and neuter clinic, doing TNR of community cats, and socializing cats in a shelter setting to improve adoption chances. Elaine enjoys scuba diving and traveling with her husband, and hiking with Maizie, her border collie.

Rhonda Foster
Board Member

Rhonda moved to Bend in 2012 with her husband and five dogs. She has fostered, rescued and adopted dogs, cats, horses, goats and many rodents.

Jennifer AAsum-Mitchell
Board Member

Jennifer resides in Bend, with her husband, three children, and spoiled rotten papillon, Hunter. She is a student at COCC and a caregiver with St. Charles. Jennifer enjoys opportunities to serve the community. She looks forward to serving the furry citizenry that enrich our lives in so many ways.

Mary Donaldson
Board Member

Mary is a registered nurse at St Charles. She lives in Redmond with her husband and two cats. She loves all animals and is excited about being involved with Furry Freight. She enjoys outdoor activities and traveling with her husband.

Furry Freight Shelter Transport is an Oregon registered 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions are tax-deductible retroactive to our incorporation date of 2/6/2018.

Employer Identification (Tax ID) Number: 82-4423390

For copies of our federal tax exemption application with forms, determination letter, and annual returns (once available), write us at PO Box 93, Bend OR 97709.