About Us

Our Vision

All herding dogs in the Pacific Northwest have loving, permanent homes.

Our Mission

The mission of Herd U Needed A Home Rescue is to provide displaced and at risk herding dogs in the Pacific Northwest with the opportunity to find loving, appropriate forever homes.

Board of Directors

John Ballweber
A native Oregonian, John was born and raised in Salem.  After graduating from Oregon State University he moved to Carson City, Nevada, to pursue a career in cultural resource administration with the State of Nevada.  After 17 years, it was time for a change, so John returned to school and earned an MBA from the University of Nevada, with a focus in accounting and finance.  After six years with International Game Technology in Reno, John retired from the fast-paced world of global manufacturing and, along with his recently retired wife Linda, started a small business making handcrafted fleece dog toys and blankets.  Having visited Bend numerous times on vacation and looking to return to Oregon to be closer to family, John and Linda purchased their home in Bend in early 2017.  The dog toy business is on hold for now, although you can find their dog blankets being enjoyed by canine guests at Wall Street Suites in Bend, and Agate Beach Motel in Newport.  John and Linda are enjoying their life in Bend with their rescue dogs Austin (AFRP in Pacific Grove) and Maddie (HUNAH).

Kellie Jacobson
In 2015, Kellie adopted a Australian Cattle Dog/Border Collie mix named Blue who transformed not only her life, but her heart. Her love for herding dogs encouraged her to join HUNAH as a foster home and adoption advocate to further HUNAH’s mission of finding loving homes for dogs in need. Kellie has served on HUNAH’s board of directors since 2016 and has recently accepted the position of Treasurer. Kellie recently graduated with a MS in Accounting and now works as a tax accountant in the Salem area. In her free time she enjoys mountain biking with Blue and HUNAH Alumni, Lily.

Lynda Hays
Lynda was born in Medford and her mother’s family was cattle ranchers in Vale and Medford. She was raised mostly in Redding, CA. After retirement from the Administrative Office Manager/Community Education Coordinator at College of the Redwoods, Del Norte, she and her husband sold their little ranch in Crescent City and returned “home” to Oregon. Their ranch was home to mules, a small pack of various breeds of dogs, and a horse. Lynda showed mules in halter and western class, and rode trail; however, her passion has always been dogs. She often rescued them from the animal shelter, took them to the vet, then re-homed them or added them to her small pack—usually about 8 at a time. Lynda is excited to be working with HUNAH as a Board member and Volunteer Coordinator, where so many wonderful dogs are rescued and given a chance for a better life.

Billie Flick
Billie’s family has been in the Ranching business and used herding dogs her entire life (50 + years). Billie has 3 years experience as a Veterinary Technician and a LOVE for dogs.  She hopes to be able to help make a difference in the lives of some of the dogs that are in need of a better situation as a HUNAH Board member.

Larry Scott – Coming Soon!