News +

Sabrina Slusser Bids Farewell to the Humane Society of Central Oregon

Sabrina Slusser Bids Farewell to the Humane Society of Central Oregon

With a Grateful and Hopeful Heart, the Humane Society of Central Oregon Ushers in a New Era.

Bend, OR (Tuesday, June 27, 2023) – Community members know that the Humane Society of Central Oregon (HSCO) is an organization that builds bonds and provides caring support for pets and their people. The nonprofit has thrived over the past twelve years under the leadership of Sabrina (Bri) Slusser, who has been HSCO’s Chief Executive Officer since early 2011.

Earlier this month, Bri resigned as the organization's CEO. She plans to leave the nonprofit field following this departure and looks forward to taking some much-needed time to reenergize and plan for her next business opportunity. During her tenure, Bri endeavored to support the growth of the organization. She launched the current HSCO thrift store and the HSCO mobile clinic, expanded the shelter, and oversaw the development of multiple annual fundraisers.

“The past twelve years have meant the world to me, and I am forever grateful for my time as CEO at HSCO,” stated Bri Slusser. “Aside from the friendships, community relationships, and animals I’ve had the honor of knowing and helping, HSCO has been my home. I will miss the staff, volunteers, and entire pet-loving community dearly.”

HSCO aims to strengthen the human-animal bond by advocating and compassionately caring for animals. The board, staff, and volunteers work with the community and the animals they care for to create thriving and lasting relationships with pets and their people through adoption, volunteer, and fundraising opportunities.

“On behalf of the entire HSCO organization, we’d like to thank Bri for her leadership and accomplishments as CEO,” said Ken Betschart, board president. “She will be missed, and we wish her the best as she moves forward. The executive committee is also looking forward, and we’re ready and excited for this next phase.”

The HSCO Executive Committee is currently in the process of hiring an interim Chief Executive Officer.

If you are interested in the Interim or permanent CEO position with HSCO, please contact board member Joey Drucker at

For more information about the transition of leadership at HSCO or with questions for Bri or board members, you may also contact Joey Drucker at or board president Ken Betschart at