Regular features:

  • Furry Friends: Every Friday KTVZ-TV features an adoptable pet from BrightSide. These video segments are archived on
  • Volunteer Search: Every Saturday, The Bulletin lists volunteer opportunities in the community, including at BrightSide.
  • Pet of the Week: Every Sunday, The Bulletin features an adoptable pet at BrightSide.
  • Pet of the Month: In every issue, the Horsefly features an adoptable pet at BrightSide.

January 2014

Volunteer Barb Sands and 31 Paws
This column in The Bulletin profiles BrightSide volunteer and 31 Paws co-founder Barb Sands.
COCC may buy a BrightSide building for its vet tech program
This Bulletin article describes the possible purchase of BrightSide’s event center by Central Oregon Community College as the home of its new veterinary technician training program.

December 2013

BrightSide wins $25,000 from Petco Foundation
BrightSide was one of the big winners in a grant competition sponsored by the Petco Foundation, the Halo pet food company and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
BrightSide takes in California rescue dogs through Wings of Rescue
A group of volunteer pilots flew dogs on “death row” in California to rescue organizations in the Northwest, including BrightSide.
BrightSide among resources for pets in frigid weather
As frigid weather hits Central Oregon, The Bulletin includes BrightSide as a resource for pets. BrightSide received a donation of nine coats for large dogs from Ruffwear, a local Bend company.
BrightSide volunteer Reese Mercer promotes rehoming
FidoLove is an organization founded by BrightSide volunteer Reese Mercer to keep dog surrenders out of shelter by finding new homes for them through an online network.

November 2013

Chance getting nearer to adoption
Chance, the pit bull who was horribly injured when he was brought to BrightSide, is nearing the point when he will be healthy enough to be adopted.

October 2013

BrightSide pays down debt
BrightSide is on track to repay its debt to Deschutes County in full.

September 2013

Akitas’ owner to stand trial
The owner of four Akitas who attacked a neighbor’s dog was ordered to stand trial in Deschutes County. The sheriff impounded the dogs and turned them over to BrightSide to care for until the case is resolved.
Cute kitty Calvin featured on TV
Calvin, a frisky one-year-old cat, was our featured pet on KTVZ-TV’s “Furry Friends” segment on Friday, Sept. 6. Watch the video.

Chance, the media star

Chance relaxes in the sun, collarless, at the home of Chris Bauersfeld on Sunday morning.

Chance relaxes in the sun, collarless, at the home of Chris Bauersfeld on Sept. 8.

Since BrightSide took in Chance, a horribly injured pit bull, in July, he’s become a local celebrity. Thanks to the generosity of donors locally and worldwide, BrightSide has been able to provide the expensive medical care and rehabilitation required to save his life. Toward the end of the year we expect him to be well enough to be adopted. For media reports and updates on Chance’s condition, please see our Chance page.

Smokey has mellowed with age

Smokey was featured on KTVZ-TV on Aug. 30. Check him out.

We are more than cats and dogs

BrightSide has cute pets of many species, not just dogs and cats. Check out these two ferrets who were featured on KTVZ-TV on Aug. 23.

BrightSide’s fospice program featured
Like hospice care for humans, fospice is hospice care for animals, which BrightSide provides in a foster home setting — foster + hospice = fospice. This video report presented on KTVZ-TV Aug. 8 explains our program for dying pets.

Rumple is an adorable lap dog

Rumple, a little lap dog, is about six years old. He was the star of “Furry Friends” segment.

BrightSide elects new board members
New and returning board members were elected at BrightSide’s annual membership meeting, as reported in The Bulletin. The annual meeting is open to all members of BrightSide Animal Center.

Kittens from foster care now ready for adoption
Bear and Fred are two curious kittens who have been in foster care, but now are ready for adoption. They were featured in “Furry Friends” on July 25.

BrightSide takes in dog dragged by vehicle in Terrebonne

BrightSide is treating a male pit bull that was found by Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputies along a road severely injured, apparently from being dragged by a vehicle. Authorities are seeking help from the public to find whoever is responsible. Local nonprofit 31 Paws has offered to match up to $2,500 in donations BrightSide receives to treat the dog. This article was published July 24 on

60-plus finish Dog Gone Run
The Bulletin reported on the Dog Gone Run to benefit BrightSide Animal Center. More than 60 runners participated, many of them with their dogs.

Volunteer to foster kittens

BrightSide is seeking foster families for tiny kittens. See the Volunteer Search listings published June 21 in The Bulletin; scroll down to “Animals and Environment” section.

Video: Skeeter is full of life, energy

Skeeter, a fun bundle of a Dachsie mix, was featured on KTVZ-TV on June 20. Come see him at the shelter today!

Video: Kapow needs someone to love

Kapow is a canine who’s a real gentleman, and would be great to kids. He enjoyed his TV appearance on June 14 and would enjoy going home with your family even more.

Beginning of summer finds shelters inundated

In this Bulletin article published June 12 (subscription required), Executive Director Chris Bauersfeld explains why BrightSide and other shelters are so busy this time of year.

Race preview: BrightSide’s Dog Gone Run

In this post published June 8,’s running blog previews the Dog Gone Run to be held June 29 in Redmond’s Dry Canyon to benefit BrightSide.

Video: Obi wants to be your friend

Obi, featured on KTVZ-TV on June 7, is cute and friendly.

Video: Adorable kittens now ready for new homes

So many kittens! Those who are too young for adoption spend their first weeks with our foster volunteers in their homes. In this “Furry Friends” segment that aired May 31, see how cuddly they are, and now ready for adoption. More infant kittens arrive at the shelter all the time, so if you would be interested in adopting or fostering (learn more about our foster program), contact us today.

Video: Little Liberty is just a delight

Liberty, who was featured on May 23, is a small senior dog looking for a nice home. Yours?

Video: Meet Duke, a handsome boy

Duke is a Heinz 57 varieties mix: cattle dog, border collie, retriever? Maybe all of that and more. He likes kids, other dogs, even cats. He was featured on “Furry Friends” on May 16.

Video: Reuben is ready to go

In this “Furry Friends” segment from May 10, meet Reuben.

Video: Smudge is a friendly puppy

Smudge is only about four months old, so he is a “project” for someone willing to spend time on training (your first training session is free with the adoption fee!) — a friendly, handsome project. Watch the video from May 2.

Video: Meet Dallas, the gentle giant

Dallas is definitely not a “purse dog,” but he is so friendly, he loves everyone – kids, dogs, cats. You! In this video segment from April 25, it’s readily apparent how sweet and loving he is.

Video: Merlin is a wizard at giving love

Who can resist Merlin’s magic? In this Furry Friends segment that aired April 18, he sits so nicely in the lap of our adoption counselor Wendy, it’s obvious that he’s looking for someone to love. You?

Video: Wilma is a nuzzling angel

Wilma, an affectionate cat available for adoption at BrightSide, appeared on KTVZ April 11-12.

Wilma, an affectionate cat available for adoption at BrightSide, appeared on KTVZ April 11-12.

Wilma the affectionate cat starred in the Furry Friends segment on KTVZ-TV April 11.

Video: McGrath wants you

McGrath was featured in the Furry Friends segment on KTVZ-TV on April 5.

BrightSide receives animals rescued by Sheriff’s Office

Acting on a tip, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office took 28 animals from a hoarder and brought them to BrightSide.

Small but scrappy: Redmond’s BrightSide Animal Center does things differently

Portland’s Spot Magazine featured a cover story about BrightSide in their April 2013 issue.

Video: Lilly the adorable beagle

Lilly appears in the "Furry Friends" segment on KTVZ-TV news.

Lilly appears in the “Furry Friends” segment on KTVZ-TV news.

Lilly was featured on KTVZ-TV News March 28.

Chris Bauersfeld promoted

Executive Director Chris Bauersfeld was featured in The Bulletin’s “People on the Move” column, March 23.

Video: Candy and her seeing-eye dog, Cowboy

Candy is blind, but her buddy Cowboy is dedicated to helping her. Watch this amazing pair featured on KTVZ-TV March 22.

Bauersfeld new BrightSide Animal Center director

Read the article about Chris Bauersfeld’s promotion to executive director, published March 19 on

Video: Paco the lap dog

Cute little Paco appeared on KTVZ-TV March 14.

County and BrightSide make new contract for strays

Executive Director Chris Bauersfeld is quoted in this Bulletin article published March 9.

Spot Magazine features BrightSide

Portland-based dog publication Spot Magazine features Brightside.

‘My Furry Valentine’ special adoption rates

Read the article about the fourth annual adoption special, posted on on Jan.28.

Day of service

Volunteer Rebecca VanWert is a Dog Buddy volunteer.

Volunteer Rebecca VanWert is a Dog Buddy volunteer.

BrightSide volunteer dog walker Rebecca VanWert was included in a photo by Bulletin photographer Rob Kerr in this article about the national Day of Service on Martin Luther King Day, published Jan. 26.

Redmond shelter’s latest adoption: a new name

Read the article about BrightSide’s new name and branding, published Jan. 25.

Advertising Federation of Central Oregon features its 2012 public service project

The shelter’s new name, BrightSide Animal Center, speaks to the brand idea of an animal shelter that is led by compassion. Read the rest of what AdFed had to say about its work to create a new identity for what is now BrightSide Animal Center.