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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

It’s been a busy week at our OHS Salem Campus. As you may have heard on the news, we received 21 young Beagles (out of 4,000) rescued from a mass-breeding facility in Virginia which intended to sell them to laboratories. They arrived on Saturday and we had a wonderful time playing with them on Sunday. They are happy, eager, friendly youngsters (5-6 months old).


All of the 21 Beagles have now been adopted!

I had first thought I could take pictures of individuals and list names—no chance of that! Staff and volunteers bring them outside in shifts so that their kennels can be cleaned three times a day! But here are some pictures of our fun time playing with them.

Patiently waiting their turn to go outside to romp.

Soooo many puppies!

Kate couldn’t stop smiling.

Pool time!

Meeting new people.

A pause in the action.

They love to cuddle (for a moment).

Linda was smitten.

Out of all the 21 pups, there was only one with no black, here with Marianne.

Just checkin’ things out.

Kate was smitten, also.

Such happy romping!

Just chillin’.

“Hey, Megan! Need a Beagle?”

Want to see them in action? Note that they can’t quite judge the height of the pool side.

Time to go back in to their clean kennels.

In the meantime, here are the adoptions since my last post.


Our wonderful dog, Goose, had been waiting for a family since May 23! We are hoping he will have the best life ever in his new home.


We had so much fun with this girl last week and I was going to feature her, but then she happily went home with her new family.


The minute we saw this little dog, we knew she’d be gone soon and she was! What a sweetheart.


Mika, twelve years old, arrived with some health issues which were addressed and then she was quickly adopted. She went home with a new tiny sibling. So happy for her!

Thanks to Adoption Specialist Sasha for her going-home picture.


We were over the moon and, truth be told, a bit sad when Jelly found her new family. She had become such a favorite, especially of Marianne’s, and had come so far from the frightened girl she was when she arrived at the shelter. We will miss her. Lucky family!

Again, thank you to Sasha for her going-home picture.


We had so much fun spending time with Jeter for last week’s post. What a wonderful dog he is. Very happy he’s settling into his new home!

They DID!


We are absolutely thrilled to tell you that Max was adopted on Tuesday! He’s been waiting for his perfect fit of a family since June 7th! He’s the BEST boy and so loved at the shelter.

 Please Note: The dogs I feature in this section are available for adoption as of today, August 24, 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.

Do you wish you had a green, squeaky, plastic squirrel? I have one! Just adopt me and you’ll get my squirrel, too!

Meet Dante, a six-year-old Akita mix. And yes, that is his green, squeaky squirrel.

It is always with him—even in his kennel.

Dante was found as a stray in a state park. Here’s what the sheriff’s deputy who brought him to the shelter wrote: “Park Rangers found him and were unable to locate any owner. He is a good boy, friendly and a good car rider.” We wish we knew his history.

Dante LOVES people and romping. We took him out to a yard on Sunday and he had a blast.

Dante will do best with a family experienced with large-breed dogs. We don’t know what has happened in Dante’s past to make him dog reactive, but he is. He will need to be the only dog in the family. He can be a strong puller when he sees another dog, which is a reason for an experienced owner who can work with him using rewards-based training. We don’t know how he would be with kids, but older children would probably be best. Dante’s kennel presentation needs work. He barks frequently when people walk by, hoping for attention. Once out of his kennel, he has not barked at all during our times with him. He has Chronic Flea Allergy Dermatitis, so will need his new family to treat him with monthly flea prevention meds.

We stopped for a few pictures on our way to Mary’s Place and he seemed to enjoy posing.

Dante LOVES people and, after our yard play, we took him into Mary’s Place and he had us in stitches with his silly antics.

He LOVES to be petted and scratched.

And, of course, he has no idea how big he is.

Could he BE any more relaxed?

He thoroughly enjoyed being the center of our attention.

Dante is not the dog for everyone, but for a family with large-dog experience, he will be an absolutely delightful family member who will keep them laughing and loved. If you would like to meet Dante and see if he’s the right fit for your 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 back, I was loved by my new person, but I was a bit too energetic for her when I saw a squirrel.

I wrote about Hello (yes, that’s her name) in my August 3rd post, but she was adopted the day my post was published, and so I put that wonderful news above her feature. Hello’s adopter loved her, but she walked with a cane, and when Hello saw a squirrel while on a walk, in her excitement, she pulled too much for her person to handle. When she sadly brought her back to the shelter, she wrote, “Hello is a great dog and was learning to get over her fear of strangers. She loves tennis balls.” She slept on the adopter’s bed and snored.

Here’s a picture of Hello with Marianne when she first arrived and was so shy, but wanting to make friends.

Hello was found as a stray. She is an American Staffordshire Terrier mix and is about four years old. She jumped into the car of a good samaritan at a state park. They kept her for a few days before she was brought to the shelter. Hello has come a long way since she first arrived. One volunteer wrote, “Silly girl once she is outside! Got the zoomies and played soccer in turnout! Shy but sweet.”

Hello loves spending time in Mary’s Place. When she feels safe she becomes an energetic, playful, affectionate girl who LOVES toys!

She is not especially graceful.

After she plays, Hello settles and is just happy to be with people who love her.

We wish we knew Hello’s history. We do know she is startled by loud noises or sudden movements. She also, no doubt due to something in her past, has “stranger danger.” This means she is fearful of new people until she gets to know them. So she will need a family who will allow her to have slow introductions and let her have a place she can go where she feels safe. Small children make her nervous, so she’ll do best in a home with older kids or just adults.

For the right family, Hello will be a joy to have around and a loyal companion. If you think Hello might be the perfect fit for 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/


If you are a regular reader of my posts, you will remember Montegro (Monty) very well. He was a transfer from our sister shelter in Maui, Hawaii in March of 2019. He was not a handsome dog. The Maui shelter thought he had probably been attacked by a wild boar at some point and he was missing part of his mouth. He immediately became a volunteer favorite because of his gentle, affectionate nature. Marianne was one of his many fans.

We were worried about him finding a home. We didn’t need to be. Here he is meeting his forever family for the first time.

Since his adoption, Caroline (his human mom) has sent me pictures every so often that I then send on to Laura (his contact from Hawaii) who sends them on to the Maui shelter. They are always thrilled to see him so happy. 

Last week Caroline sent me this video. She wrote, “We’ve moved and Monty loves his new yard. There aren’t any little dogs yapping at him every time he goes outside lol! He’s sure showing that he’s getting to be a senior dog and is getting so gray, but still nothing keeps him from playing with his toy! There’s not much that slows him down. Also, he’s awesome around our one-year-old granddaughter. She really lights up everytime she sees him, and he’s really become quite the protector. All in all we are doing great!”

We always love to get Monty updates! 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