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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

Well, we’re well into the “dog days of summer” and I happily have EIGHT adoptions to report! (One of them, Rosie, was in a foster home and I didn’t get a chance to meet her.) In addition, I’m featuring three terrific dogs who are still waiting for their new homes and have one super update. So sit back, have some cool lemonade, and read about shelter dogs.


Pongo is a sweet senior at eight years old and went to his retirement home where he will be a wonderful companion.


Gorda is another senior at 14 years old. She is such a good girl and still has a lot of love to give to her new peeps.


Blue is a very well-behaved puppy who will keep her family both active and entertained.


We knew this girl would not be at the shelter long and we were right! What a cutie!


This one was an especially happy adoption, as Banjo had been waiting for his right fit of a family for some time. So glad he found it!

Adoption Specialist Sasha sent me his going-home picture.


Pumba was very shy and so went to a wonderful foster home…and never left! His new person is one of our volunteer dog walkers.


We were so excited about this adoption after featuring her last week. She is a hoot and will keep her new family laughing from the couch.

We loved our Blanket Time with her.

 Please Note: The dogs I feature in this section are available for adoption as of today, August 17, 2022. 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 featured dogs are still available and to see other available dogs, click on the link to the currently available dogs here.

When I got to the shelter, I was pretty scared of everything. But then I found out I have a lot of friends here!

Jelly (Jelly Bean to her friends), was found as a stray. We think she is about a year old. She has a beautiful, sleek coat. When she arrived, she was extremely shy and scared. She was afraid of my camera and I had to take her first pictures from quite a distance. She was very uneasy and had a furrowed brow.

It is always so gratifying to volunteers to watch a shy dog blossom as they realize that the people at the shelter want to be a friend. Jelly was a perfect example. Soon she was spayed and the medical team wrote this about her: “Sweet, quiet little girl. Jelly is timid at first but warmed up to med team and stole our hearts. She was very good for medical handling, no signs of fear or aggression. Takes treats gently from hand (likes string cheese).” Even with a cone, Jelly was feeling more comfortable, here with Megan.

We decided to take her into Mary’s Place to see if she’d warm up, and she did. Kate became an instant fan.

Once the cone was off, she was even more relaxed and eager for attention. She is is a favorite of Marianne’s.

She started taking treats, here with Linda…

…and giving kisses.

Marianne bought her a pretty collar to have at the shelter to show off her shiny coat.

Then we took her out to a yard to play. She loved it.

Jelly has come such a long way since she arrived at the shelter on July 27th. We don’t know her history with other dogs, cats, or children. She will need to meet any dog she will be living with. She will also need a family who will give her time with gradual introductions to new people and places. But oh, what a delightful new family member Jelly will be once she feels secure and knows she is home. If you’d like to meet Jelly and see if your family is what she is hoping for, 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/

That’s right, I’m a Lab mix. You know what that means, right? I LOVE to play fetch! Got a supply of tennis balls?

Jeter is a very handsome boy with a typical Lab personality, meaning he quickly makes friends and will play fetch until he drops.

Jeter was found as a stray, so as usual, we don’t know what his history is. He is about four years old. He has won over everyone at the shelter with his happy-go-lucky, the treat-bag-is-half-full personality. Staff wrote, “Great for intake. Did not hesitate coming out of his kennel and went on the scale willingly. Solicited attention from us. Did well for medical holds.”

The first time I met Jeter, he was a bit shy, tail tucked, but cooperative for pictures.

On Sunday we took him out to a yard and his wonderful personality blossomed. He is a Lab through and through.

After a rousing game of fetch, Jeter was happy to relax with us in the shade.

Then we took him into Mary’s Place and he was great at settling.

Jeter is going to be a wonderful family dog. He walks well on leash, has had friendly interactions with other shelter dogs, and loves people. If you’d like to meet Jeter and maybe play a little fetch, 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 got to go on a respite! I had a great time and was a good boy!

I usually don’t write about a dog two weeks in a row, but I have to make an exception for Max who has been waiting for his new family since June 7th. He’s a three-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier/Chinese Shar-Pei mix with a big smile.

Marianne and Kate took him on an outing to a park and they had so much fun! Here’s what Marianne wrote about it: “Another day, another outing. I forgot how much I enjoy taking dogs on respite, and it’s great that there is a spot now right down the street. Kate and I took Max out, and he was so happy. He enjoyed sniffing and was curious when he saw geese. If he could talk I think he would have said, “Marianne what the heck are those?” He walked down to the water but had no desire to go in. He did bark slightly at adult people who approached us but nothing concerning—he was easy to distract and probably would have liked to meet those people. He was completely fine walking by people who didn’t try and interact. He rides well in the car and is just such a nice boy.”

Max has a great history with children and has been a star at the OHS Camp Paw Paw for kids. Rachel, Volunteer Manager, sent me these pictures from camp.

I have featured Max several times, but still he waits. One volunteer dog walker recently wrote, “Max was extra good today. No pulling and great to put on the harness when asked to sit first. LOVES fetch and is SO gentle with the ball. The sweetest dog ever!!”

You can read all about him in my feature here. If you’d like to meet Max, 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/


Remember our good boy, Bo, who was adopted last week by this young couple?

Yesterday I got a wonderful update!

“We’re following up to update you on Bo’s new home! Oh my gosh—we love this dog! He is so perfect for us. He is so loving, sweet, playful, and fun. We have so much fun with him every day! He is a perfect study partner or long walk partner. Whatever it is we are doing, he just wants to be a part of it. His skin is already so much better with some medication and lots of baths! We feel really really lucky. Thanks for everything you guys do at the shelter. He was in great hands before we got him 🙂 We will be forever grateful!” 

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

As always, my thanks to my photo team volunteers Marianne, Megan, Linda, and Kate. Also special thanks to Adoption Specialist Sasha for going-home pictures.

All of the dogs I have featured today, along with other terrific dogs waiting to be adopted, can be found at Oregon Humane Society Salem Campus. Here is the link to the adoptable-dog page: https://whs4pets.org/dogs/

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

You can reach me at  adoptanoregondog14@yahoo.com