Our Story

Our journey started with a dog named Roswell in Portland, Oregon...

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.

...and took us to Washington, where Odd Man Inn was born!

We were able to find forever homes for hundreds of animals across over a dozen different species.

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.

Finding help for Jolene, one of our large pigs, led us to Tennessee​.

April 2020

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.

We grew from 4 acres to 93 acres and nearly 200 large animal residents!

April 2021

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!

 

We moved our entire operation across 2,700 miles to an underserved part of the country.

2021 - 2022

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.

In the 24 months since our arrival, we have ...

  • Spayed 40 female pigs from the Tennessee herd. We now have just 16 eligible candidates left to spay!
  • Provided healthcare and safety for over 40 stray and unaltered cats in our community
  • Built more than 2 miles of access roads to the property in order to be able to provide services
  • Added 12 different housing barns for the animals
  • Created safe procedures for animal healthcare, transport, and medical recovery
  • Defined a safe wildlife corridor around the perimeter of the property

And we aren't done! Our Work to restore the Sanctuary continues.

Please consider joining our crew for just $5/month.