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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

Fall has come to the Northwest, bringing blue skies and crisp temperatures along with four happy dog adoptions in the past week.



I don’t have a picture of Oscar, who was adopted on Sunday.

Chicky, whom I featured two weeks ago, was adopted on Monday.



I love this selfie of WHS Trainer Jessi and Chicky taken during a playgroup.



Minnie was also adopted on Monday. WHS Trainer Nichole wrote, “Minnie went home with a patient couple and a new doggy brother who will help our shy sweetie build confidence.”




Mr. Bean was adopted on Tuesday. He had become such a favorite at the shelter. We are so happy he now has a family of his own.






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’ve been here before—twice. I’m hoping that my next family will be my forever one.

Kiley is a fourteen-year-old mixed breed girl who was first surrendered to WHS in December of 2018.



She quickly became one of our favorites and Marianne loved spending time with her in Mary’s Place.




This beautiful girl was quickly adopted, but came back to us a few months later because one of the children was allergic to her. She was adopted again in April of 2019. Now her family is moving and once again she has returned to us. In her last home, Kiley was an outdoor-only dog. She is hoping that her next home will be her forever one and that she can once again be an indoor/outdoor family companion.

At fourteen, Kiley has a few old-age conditions including some arthritis, for which she is on medication. She also has some allergies. But Kiley is still the incredibly sweet, affectionate dog she was during her last two stays at WHS.

Here she was last week.



Kiley is loving our shelter playgroups. She mingles with other dogs, allows greetings and “shows appropriate skills when approaching and greeting others,” writes a WHS staff member. She even has done play bows, inviting another dog to play. She has gotten along with every dog she has met.



Kiley’s last family had wonderful things to say about her. She is “very mellow and loves people,” even strangers. She is fine with cats and other dogs as well as children. She has been fine left alone and in new environments. Having been an outdoor dog for the last two years, she will need some brushing up on her house-training skills. And because of being a senior now, she is looking for a calm, quiet home where she can feel relaxed and loved. She is not “clingy,” but enjoys attention. If you have been waiting for a no-drama new best friend, you may have just found her.



And here was Kiley today during early-morning playgroup with the streaming sun. She loved Marianne’s attention.




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




I’m not a youngster, but I will make you a wonderful friend. 

This is Patches’ second stay at WHS. This sweet seven-year-old American Blue Heeler mix was found as a stray last June. She was quickly adopted, but had to be surrendered last week due to the health of her owner.



Patches loves treats. In fact, she loves them a little too much. So a family who will help her to trim down some from her 69 pounds would be great. Patches also has a deformed front leg which causes her to limp, but doesn’t slow her down. Losing some pounds would allow her leg to bare less weight.



Patches’ former person had many good things to say about this girl in the home. Patches is “loving and playful. She wants to be with you.” When left alone she was fine and there were no complaints from neighbors about barking. She is house-trained.



Patches is nervous when in a new situation and will bark at strangers and other dogs. She needs a little time to make friends with them. She has no history with children or cats, and would do best in a feline-free home without young kids. She is frightened of thunder and vacuums.

Patches has done well in our shelter playgroups. She mostly mingles with her dog friends, meeting them with a loose body and enjoys interaction with the human handlers.



At the shelter, Patches has been practicing her loose-leash walking skills, which need some improving. She will need to continue practicing with rewards-based training. Oh, and by the way, Patches LOVES to go for car rides.


Patches enjoyed this morning’s play time in the big yard with Marianne.



She enjoyed visiting with Ben, who is also adoptable.



Patches will make a wonderful companion for the right family. If you think that family could be yours, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on the link “Ask About Patches” under her picture on the WHS adoptable dog page found here: https://whs4pets.org/adopt-a-pet/dogs-2/




I’m quite shy at first meeting, but give me a little time and we can be BFFs!

Choco and his sister Chicky (whose adoption was reported at the beginning of this post) were surrendered to the shelter together because their family was moving. After observing the two dogs together, WHS staff decided both would do better adopted on their own to different homes. Intake staff reported that while Choco was very shy at first, cowering and lying on the floor, he soon relaxed and “loved getting petted, was very treat-motivated and would try to lick their faces. He was gentle and friendly, walked great on leash.” Choco is almost two years old and is a mixed breed.



Choco’s former family had him since he was a puppy. They had many good things to say about him. “Choco is friendly, knows basic commands, loves to ride in the car, likes attention and to be petted. He is not a lap dog, but likes to sit beside you. He loves to run and is very active with other dogs.” Choco will let strangers pet him and wants to play with them. He has done fine with children. He has never been around cats. When left alone, Choco has done fine, was relaxed and simply waited for his family to come home. He is crate-trained.

Choco was a little unsure of the Halloween decorations in playgroup.



Choco, while very timid when he first arrived at the shelter, has been learning that it isn’t such a scary place and that there are many caring people working there. WHS Trainer Nichole writes, “Choco will cower and roll over on his back when he thinks he is in a frightening situation. But once he feels you are his friend, he will jump up on you and attempt to lick your face.” Another staff member, Rosa, adds, “He bounces on his hind feet and paws asking for my attention and boost to get on my lap as soon as I sit down outside. He seems to be house-trained, as he never messes in his kennel.”

This week Marianne met Choco for the first time in playgroup and fell hook, line, and sinker for him. She writes, “Choco was a little timid at first, but he warmed up to me in no time. Within a couple of minutes he was in my lap cuddling. He is extremely sweet and affectionate. And he’s the perfect size!”



Timid dogs need a little extra time to get to know people and to feel secure in a new environment. Choco is looking for a patient and understanding family who will give him the space and time he needs to feel at home. Then his personality will shine and he will become a devoted best friend.


Choco turns out to be a “leaner” when he’s made a friend and given the chance! Here he was with Marianne this morning.





If you think Choco is the right dog for your family, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on the link “Ask About Choco” under his picture on the WHS adoptable dog page found here: https://whs4pets.org/adopt-a-pet/dogs-2/


Thanks to WHS Trainers Jessi and Nicole for pictures!

With high hopes that these three dogs will be adopted by next week’s post, that’s if 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