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There were three dog adoptions this week, and they were super ones.


Coco is convinced he is a big dog. He will keep his family laughing. Such a little character!


Our very affectionate, intelligent, problem-solver Cedar was adopted! He will keep his new peeps alert and active!


Little Jedi, such a happy and lively character, was adopted on Tuesday. We had so much fun with him on Sunday. Here are a few pictures.

I’m still here. Still waiting for my perfect retirement home with peeps who love to play fetch!

I featured Baxter in last week’s post. I was hoping that he’d be happily settling into his new home by now, but his new family hasn’t found him yet. Baxter is an 11-year-old senior Lab mix who is so typical of his breed—intelligent, outgoing, kind, gentle, and trusting—and a huge fan of the game of fetch.

When I arrived at the shelter on Sunday, playgroup was still going on and Baxter was out with some dog friends. To his joy, he had found a tennis ball and kept bringing it up to the humans and asking them to throw it for him. WHS Trainer Jessi obliged him.

Then it was time for a rest.

Later in the afternoon, Megan and I took Baxter out for some blanket time and relaxation. He seemed to enjoy posing for pictures.

We decided to spend a little time in Mary’s Place before Baxter returned to his kennel. He loved it. And yes, there was a tennis ball involved.

On Tuesday, Baxter went on an outing! He was thrilled to represent WHS shelter dogs at the “Share the Love” Subaru event where BJ Andersen, WHS Executive Director, other staff members, and the WHS Board President accepted a check for $57,716!

Here’s how the WHS website explains this amazing contribution: “From November 19, 2020, to January 4, 2021, Subaru of America donated $250 for each new Subaru sold or leased through Capitol Subaru. Each buyer had the opportunity to choose a nonprofit to support with that $250 donation—one of four national charities or a hometown organization. For the sixth year in a row, WHS had the honor of being named Capitol Subaru’s hometown charity of choice. And once again, Salem Subaru drivers proved they love pets. Each year, the money raised from Share the Love supports numerous life-saving programs through WHS.”

I was asked to take pictures of this exciting event. There were balloons, tennis balls wrapped in bandanas, and “dog” cupcakes! Here are a few pictures from the morning.

One of the guests was Murphy, a rescued Chow mix belonging to one of the Subaru staff. He met Napoleon, WHS staff member Erin’s rescue dog.

Then came the check presentation.

Baxter was a little late due to traffic, but he was happy to pose with the check, too, along with WHS staff.

After all the excitement, WHS Trainer Nichole, Baxter, and I spent a little time outside on the Subaru grounds. Then it was time to return to the shelter.

To read all about Baxter and what he is looking for in a new family, check out last week’s post here:


If you think Baxter is just right for you, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on Baxter’s picture and then on the link Apply to Adopt found on this page: https://whs4pets.org/dogs/


I wrote about Az in September of 2019. Here’s how I started his feature: “I first met Az last week and instantly liked him. Az is an almost two-year-old Shepherd mix. He was found as a stray, so we don’t know any history. He can be jumpy in his zest for life, but he is working on keeping his feet on the ground and giving calm greetings. We took him out to a yard to see if he would like to play fetch. He did. I was so impressed when he brought the ball back to me and dropped it at my feet.”

He was such a fun and eager young dog and I remember hoping he wouldn’t have to wait long for his perfect family fit. He didn’t.

Last week I got this happy update—from Puerto Rico!

Hello Martha,

My fiancé and I adopted Az in September of 2019. We have since moved to Puerto Rico from Salem, but just wanted to let you know that he is doing very well and is just as lively as ever! Thank you for all that you do for the Willamette Humane Society!

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

Thanks to WHS Trainers Jessi and Nichole, as well as volunteer Megan for their help with pictures this week.

Remember, if you see a dog on my blog whom you are interested in meeting, fill out the Adoption form at whs4pets.org, and wait to be contacted by the staff.

You can reach me at adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com