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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

There was one fantastic dog adoption this week!



Our sweet boy, Chico, who has been at WHS three times in his seven years, has found his perfect retirement home! Here he was about to go home with his new person. WHS Trainer Nichole wrote: “It was a great day for Chico. He was adopted by a kind, older gentleman who has a quiet lifestyle which is just perfect. I am so glad he’ll have a quiet retirement home to play fetch.” We are over the moon for this three-time favorite of shelter dogs!






The Adoption Process 

WHS is keeping people safe while continuing to match dogs and cats with their perfect fits of families. WHS is open for adoption appointments 10:00 – 3:00 every day.

To find out exactly how the adoption process works, click on the link below:

Adoptions Continue! But Your Patience Is Crucial



I’m smart, I know basic commands, and I love car rides. So let’s talk about my adoption!

Arya is a one-year-old mixed-breed girl who can’t wait to meet her new people. Her family had to surrender her because she didn’t like to share her toys and food with the other dogs in the family. Because of that, Arya needs to be the only dog in the home. While she has never lived with cats, she has shown too much interest in shelter cats since her arrival, so she will need to have a feline-free home, as well. But this beauty will be such a joy as an only pet. Just look into her eager face.



Arya is smart and a quick learner. She loves reward-based training lessons and takes her reward treats very gently. She is both crate- and house-trained. When left alone in her previous home, she did fine in her kennel. She has lived with children and is rated for kids about thirteen and older. At 43 pounds, Arya is a medium-sized dog, just right for snuggling with you on the couch in the evenings.

Arya bonds with people after she gets to know them. At first meeting she is quite shy, and barks at strangers. But being the treat-motivated girl that she is, Arya can be redirected easily. Once she feels secure with a person, she loves attention and wants to be near them.



Once fitted with an Easy Walk Harness, Arya no longer pulled when on leash. She can be protective when out on walks and may bark at a stranger and stay very close to her person. But once she is told it’s okay, she relaxes. Being as smart as she is, this behavior can be modified with positive training. (Did I mention how much she enjoys treats?)



Arya is waiting for a family who will be patient and understanding as they work with her to overcome her fearfulness of new people and places. She is going to be a joyful, devoted family member who will love you unconditionally. We’re hoping Arya’s forever family will find her soon.


If Arya sounds like a perfect fit for your family, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on the link “Ask About Arya” under her picture on the WHS adoptable dog page found here: https://whs4pets.org/adopt-a-pet/dogs-2/






The other two dogs who are currently available were featured in last week’s post. However, each week I get new pictures from WHS Trainer Jessi, so I’ve decided to feature them again, with links to my previous write-ups about them.


Like action? Like to laugh? Live an active lifestyle? Need a dog? You need to meet ME!

Are you looking for a clown of a dog with a zest for life who will keep you laughing and will fit right into your active lifestyle? If so, you need to meet Chip, a two-year-old, 59-pound mixed-breed boy. As WHS Trainer Jessi says, “Chip is social and goofy. He will engage in any play style with other dogs (although he is mostly rough/rowdy).”

Here he was on Sunday. He LOVES the shelter playgroups!


To read more about Chip and see if he might be a good fit for you, click on the link below.





I may be a little older than some dogs here, and I may need a little patience, but I am so worth it!

Do you have a soft heart for a senior dog who needs a quiet retirement home? Meet Marie, an eight-year-old mixed-breed girl. Marie is looking for a special home where she can feel safe and secure. She is quite shy at first meeting but warms up as she feels more comfortable.



Here Marie was on Sunday. She is such a ham!


As WHS Trainer Jessi wrote, “Classic Marie.” She LOVES to roll in the grass!


To read more about Marie and see if she might be a good fit for you, click on the link below.



A special thank you to WHS staff members Jessi and Nichole once again, for the terrific pictures for this post!




On January 6, two Mastiff-mix puppies were transferred to WHS, having been found as strays. Autumn was one of these ten-month-old pups. At 37 pounds and untrained, she was a handful and quite challenging, being under-socialized and quite fearful. Here she was at the shelter.



Happily, Autumn was adopted in February and her person recently sent an update.

“Autumn Rain loves the two new babies—Old English Bull Dogs, from my daughter. Autumn loves them as if they were hers. She is one ball of energy.”


On that happy note, that’s it for this week!


All of the dogs I have featured today, along with other terrific dogs waiting to be adopted, can be found at Willamette Humane Society. Here is the link to the adoptable-dog page:


Remember, if you see a dog on my blog whom you are interested in meeting, try to make arrangements to get to the Willamette Humane Society soon. Some dogs are adopted more quickly than you might think.

You can reach me at  adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com