Odd Man Inn was started because of our commitment to a dog named Roswell. Fear-based aggression and a tendency to bite made him extremely difficult to manage. When we ran out of training options, the professional recommendation was euthanasia. To give Roswell more space and save him from euthanasia, we abandoned city life in Portland, OR in favor of four acres in Washougal, WA.
Over the course of the next four years, our personal residence blossomed into a bustling nonprofit rescue organization. From 2016-2021 we successfully rescued, rehabilitated, and rehomed nearly 400 vulnerable animals of 15 different species including pigs, sheep, goats, dogs, cats, rats, chickens, geese, ducks, peafowl, rabbits, turtles, llamas, donkeys, pigeons, and cows.
In the summer of 2020, one of our large pigs, Jolene, a 600 lb rescue from a hoarding case, was struggling to walk. Due to the limited technology for pigs of her size, diagnosing her problem was difficult. We reached out literally across the country looking for help, which led us to a sanctuary in Tennessee who was in search of help for their own animals.
In 2021, we purchased a 93-acre property in Jamestown, TN and accepted the surrender of nearly 160 pigs in need of medical care and extensive restoration of their facilities. We moved our entire operation across the country to help vulnerable animals in need!
Over 100 current residents of Odd Man Inn—including two 1500 lbs steers and 38 pigs up to 650 lbs—were carefully transported the 2,700 miles from Washington to Tennessee. Aging and special needs residents required extra accommodation to ensure their safety and comfort during this multi-day journey.