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During the past week there were five exciting adoptions at WHS including a puppy, a bonded pair, and one shy Chihuahua named Zorro who was in a foster home so I didn’t get a chance to meet him.

Cocoa and Queenie

These two timid and devoted sisters got to go home together.

Adoption Specialist Sasha sent me these going-home pictures. It’s going to take Queenie a little more time to warm up, but Cocoa was already happy in her adopter’s arms.


Polo is a three-month-old pup who gets to have some human siblings to grow up with. As you see, he was pretty excited to go home.


This adoption was an especially gratifying one. Goliath usually takes a little time to warm up to a new person, but not so with his adopter. It was love at first sight. Sasha’s pictures say it all.

Please Note: The dogs I feature in this section are available for adoption as of today, August 18, 2021. But things change fast and our goal is always to find wonderful homes for our dogs as quickly as possible. To see if today’s dogs are still available and to see other available dogs, visit https://whs4pets.org/dogs/ .

The folks here at the shelter call me a clown. I’m not sure what that means, but I do like to entertain.

Meatball arrived at the shelter as a stray. He is about four years old and has become a favorite, not only of volunteers, but of the adoption staff, too.

Meatball is a 67-pound Pit Bull Terrier mix with a huge smile. Because he came as a stray, we don’t know any of his history. He is shy when first meeting new people, but soon warms up. He is active and eager to please. He enjoys hanging out with his volunteer friends outside. Here he is with Megan, Francis, and Marianne.

Meatball is very stressed in his kennel, but once outdoors, he relaxes and loves to play fetch. He is good about bringing the ball or toy back and happy to trade it for a treat. Speaking of treats, this boy is extremely treat-motivated. He is not a bit picky about what kind of treat it is so will be a quick learner of new skills. We don’t know how he would be with children or cats. He has met a few other dogs and seems to be selective in his friends. He will need to meet any dog he will be going home with.

This boy will keep his next family laughing. He will need a fenced yard to romp in and will be a great jogging or hiking partner, as he LOVES to run.

We decided to introduce him to a GFB (Giant Fluff Ball). At first, Meatball was a tad unsure of it.

But it didn’t take him long to LOVE it!

And who would have guessed that he could actually fly?!

Meatball also loves to play fetch with tennis balls. He gives it his all…perhaps he watched some of the Olympics tumbling competition?

After all the excitement of fetch, we relaxed on the front lawn. Adoption Specialist Sasha is one of Meatball’s favorite people. He was so excited when she came out to say hi. She recently wrote, “Meatball is the biggest love and would be a great family dog.”

Marianne is another one of his many fans.

We’re hoping that an active family will come to meet our boy and that he’ll get to go home soon. If you think you could be that family,  fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on his picture and then on the link Adopt Me found on this page: https://whs4pets.org/dogs/.

I’m still a youngster and I have a lot of energy. Are you up for a teenage Husky mix? If so, let’s go home!

Leia is an energetic, playful seven-month-old Husky mix who can’t wait to meet her new family. Her person was very sad to surrender her, but his work schedule changed and he had to be away from home too much. He felt Leia deserved a better home situation.

Leia’s former owner had many good things to say about this beauty. She already has lots of good house manners. She knows cues for “sit” and “down.” She is house-trained and whimpers at the door when she needs to go out. She is relaxed at home, never destroying anything when left alone loose in the house. She rides well in a car, sleeping most of the time. One thing she does NOT like is having a bath, and will try to leave the area. Leia’s favorite treats are anything tasting like bacon and her favorite toys are squeaky plush ones and balls. She loves to bring one of her toys to you so you’ll play with her. Leia has lived with older children and loved them. She has never lived with cats or dogs, but has played with other dogs and done well. She loved her fenced backyard.

We decided to take Leia out to the big yard to see what she liked to do. Turns out she LOVES pools. If there is a tennis ball AND a pool, she is ecstatic.

Being only seven months old, Leia isn’t the most graceful of Huskies yet. Here she was racing across the yard to jump into the pool. It didn’t go as she planned.

Besides dips in the pool, Leia loved to play fetch.

And finally, she had some calm, quiet time with Megan.

When Leia’s former person was asked what five words would best describe her, he wrote, “playful, energetic, relaxed, curious, and cuddly.” If you would like Leia to be part of your family, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on her picture and then on the link Adopt Me found on this page: https://whs4pets.org/dogs/.


Remember our sweet Koosah from a few weeks ago? She was such a good girl and an instant favorite among volunteers. I was thrilled that I was at the shelter when this young couple adopted her.

Last week I got this wonderful update.

Everything is going well so far! We’ve gone on a couple adventures in the forest and to the coast, and she enjoyed that. And she’s been good getting to know the cats so far, though we’re still taking it slow and keeping her in her harness around them. We decided to change her name to Kaya when she got home, and she’s been responding and learning her new name well.”

We are so happy for Kaya and her new family.

Thanks to WHS Adoption Specialist Sasha and volunteers Megan and Marianne for their help with this post.

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. And please remember that sometimes dogs are adopted quickly, so might have already found a great home by the time you ask about them.

You can reach me at adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com