Our Story:

Founded by Marianne Cox in 2017, SDH strives to be exactly what our name says – to be heroes to animals around the world who are suffering and ignored.

We believe each life counts and each dog saved helps to support our purpose and raises awareness. That one dog, saved and now living the American dream, will have their story told over and over again, thus spreading the word in the most effective way – through firsthand experience. Unfortunately, these dogs abroad don’t have people working on their behalf to improve their lives or change the culture they live in. We are their voices. Our hope is to inspire change by raising awareness of the issues these dogs face – both abroad and locally.

We depend on fosters to make this all possible and without fosters we would not be able to save these animals.

We are a registered 501c3 non-profit EIN#82-0916174 in Bend, Oregon.

Our Team

Marianne Cox

Marianne Cox
Founder

Marianne has always been surrounded by animals and is always the first to stop what she’s doing to help or rescue anything. After her first trip to Mexico while in college the sight of street dogs stayed with her and she dreamed of one day saving at least one of them. Twenty years later her dream became reality when she decided to not only save one, but hundreds and started her own international rescue. She lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband Chris, two kids Bella & Colton and their3 dogs and a cat – she has adopted one of her rescues and I’m sure this number will go up….

Anne Hofweber

Anne Hofweber
Board Member

I have been an animal lover for as long as I can remember. My first rescue was in first grade, when I convinced my parents to let me start feeding a stray cat. Fast forward a few decades when I took a trip to Yucatan and became traumatized by the stray dogs on the highways, streets and beaches. While I was there I completed the adoption process for a Warm Springs stray I was fostering (even though we already had 3 dogs) and I knew I needed to do more to help. When I heard about Street Dog Hero I immediately reached out to see what I could do and have been helping however I can. I am in awe of the dedication that Marianne has and all that she and the wonderful volunteers are accomplishing through Street Dog Hero.

Jamie Sheppard

Jamie Sheppard
Board Member

Meet Jamie Sheppard! With a limitless spirit of entrepreneurship she’s the Founder & CEO of Roots & Wings Wellness, our social media maven and an Official Puppy Snuggler here at Street Dog Hero. The daughter of a Marine, Jamie learned early on that success takes hard work, determination and committing yourself fully to your goals. And she does just that!

Jamie’s a believer that a successful life is one that prioritizes cultivating happiness, health, and being surrounded by positive and inspiring people. The kind of people who see the best in you, challenge you, and love you unconditionally. Her inclusive spirit is just the avenue to cultivate those relationships – whether here in Bend where she and her husband have planted their roots, or around the globe as she empowers others to find their passions. She leads “growth adventures” (pseudo yoga retreats) around the world and is a fitness and health influencer here in Bend as well as on the interwebs; find her on IG for daily inspiration at @rootsandwingswellness Whenever possible, Jamie fills her days with active adventures with those she holds dear. She’s an avid outdoorsy girl who loves to rock climb, raft (and is even a guide!), and most recently has taken up mountain biking. And if you’ve ever wanted to experience a paint night class – she’s your gal! She and her husband (a world class para triathlete who happens to also be named JAMIE) have a growing army of furbabies that seems to be multiplying like gremlins who touch water. Her vision is to one day create a farm animal rescue sanctuary
Amanda Wheeler

Amanda Wheeler
Social Media

Amanda is a Bend native who was born with a passion for animals. Growing up she had many dogs, cats and bunnies and was always trying to bring home more. Amanda graduated from Mt. View High School and the University of Oregon then moved south to San Diego where she volunteered at San Diego Humane Society. After coming back to Bend two years ago she has since joined the Board of Directors at the Humane Society of Central Oregon and currently serves as Secretary. She is an active shelter volunteer and you can find her at the shelter Saturday mornings assisting the public with adoptions. Amanda also travelled to Best Friends Animal Society where she spent a week volunteering and adopted her fur-baby Willow. Amanda and Willow spend their free time enjoying the Central Oregon outdoors, friends and family! 

Christy Miranda

Christy Miranda
Board Member

I have been with and around animals my entire life. From as early as I can remember my grandfather would bring home any type of stray or injured animal that needed help and nurse them back to health. Some left and went back to the wild, and some stayed; deer, raccoons , squirrels, turtles, dogs, etc… I am a native Oregonian, and I came to Bend by way of Southern Oregon 20 years ago and stayed. I was Bend based but always on an airplane traveling near and far. I’ve had a wonderful career and seen many places and met interesting people, but once my son was born I easily traded that in to stay more grounded and enjoy him and my family here in Bend. I was lucky enough to come across Street Dog Hero and began volunteering, and was happy to put my skills to good use. My children are junior hero’s and love animals as much as I do. I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t have an animal. It has been such a journey. At times heart breaking, but the enduring message was always just do as much good as you can, whenever you can. No one will ever say you were too nice, loved too much or we’re too kind. You will never regret the kindness you give. Don’t forego the love you can receive today because there may be heartbreak later. Dogs have a purity and love that once you have it, your life will never be complete without it.

Trish Burson

Trish Burson
Logistics Coordinator

As a little girl Trish was always dragging home stray animals and nothing has changed!

In her life Trish has had numerous dogs and cats, horses, iguanas, birds, fish, bunnies and guinea pigs.

Trish is a huge advocate of reducing animal suffering due to pet overpopulation and has worked at Bend Spay and Neuter Project and  has traveled to Mexico to volunteer at spay and neuter clinics.

Trish also volunteers as a board member and long haul driver of a local non-profit, transporting dogs from high kill shelters to shelters in the Pacific Northwest.

Along with being the proud mom of a Street Dog Hero pup, Paco, rescue dog Otis, and a once feral cat named Sophie, she’s lucky enough to share her life with her wonderful husband Jerry, who shares her passion for animals.

Trish is honored to be a part of the dedicated Street Dog Hero team.

Amy Percell
Amy Percell

Amy Percell
Secretary

I was born with a huge love of animals. There have been very few times in my life that I have not had a dog by my side. I currently live in Bend, OR with two dogs. Adelaide a Golden Retriever and Sydney my scruffy little terrier rescue. Sydney was found on the streets in Fresno, CA and was saved by a rescue in Redding with her pregnant mom when they were put on the list to be euthanized at the humane society. Sydney was a true street dog, unfamiliar with many things and afraid of almost everything. I think the moment I knew she truly felt safe and loved was when she could fall asleep without waking up every time I moved. While she is still very cautious of people and startles easily, Sydney has blossomed in the last two years and it has been amazing to watch. This little girl is the reason why I am here. I hope to give more street dogs a life of love and happiness instead of fear and hopelessness while bringing all of the love they have to offer to families who are willing to take a chance on the underdogs of the world.

Rebekah Zimmerman
Rebekah Zimmerman

Rebekah Zimmerman
Treasurer

I am no stranger to the rescue game – we have been blessed with many a rescue in our lives and adored every single one of them! Our family currently includes Junior a 9 year old rescue from Washington who has been with us since he was 8 weeks old, his mom was found wandering and pregnant and either needed a foster family or was to be euthanized before giving birth – lucky for us she was scooped up by a local rescue and we got this handsome fella as a result of their compassion! We recently added George ‘Georgie pordgie pudding pie’ as he is fondly called by 3 year old son. While George is not a traditional rescue story we happened upon his mom through friends trying to secure loving homes for an unexpected litter and we jumped at the chance to have a puppy our son could grow up with. Being a part of Street Dog Hero helps me further my passion for rescuing pups in need and ensuring that these sweet and deserving pups lead a happy healthy life!

Plateau Veterinary Hospital

Plateau Veterinary Hospital & Orthopedic Center believes every pet deserves affordable, quality veterinary care. Their mission is to provide unique, quality, compassionate and affordable veterinary care to the people and pets of our community through our innovative business model, while giving back to the community we serve.

Plateau has been and continues to be an incredible support to Street Dog Hero.

They provide free exams and discounted services for all of our incoming dogs, continuing care for our adopted dogs and donations for our rescue partners throughout the world.

Plateau is open 7 days a week and provides a wide range of services from including animal chiropractic and therapeutic laser treatments. Click here to view their prices weekday specials.

They can be reached by phone at (541) 767-6960. Find them at 63042 Plateau Drive, Bend, Oregon 97701.