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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

We thought LAST week was busy at OHS Salem Campus with the arrival of the 21 rescued Beagle puppies. In just a week, all Beagles were adopted along with six other mixed-breed puppies. But wait—there’s more!


Our sweet hound, Alamea, was adopted once, but it was not the right fit. When she returned to the shelter, she went to a foster home where she thrived. She was adopted on Saturday and is now settling in with her new family.


Scout has been waiting for his new home since July 27th. On Sunday, a lovely couple met him and fell in love. After spending time with him, they decided they needed time to think, and went home. But within an hour they were back at the shelter to adopt him. He’s going to have the best life! He will even be going to their cabin in Alaska next summer!


Tuff, a nine-month-old Hound mix has been at the shelter since July 6th. He is an affectionate, goofy youngster who became very stressed at the shelter. We are so happy that a family saw through his stress and took him home where he can decompress and be a family dog. The best part is that he went home with two teenagers which is just what he needs to thrive.


Our very sweet Labradoodle, Berklee, was adopted on Monday. I hope we get an update after he has a grooming. He is such a gentle soul.

 Please Note: The dogs I feature in this section are available for adoption as of today, August 31, 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.

I’ve come a long way since I’ve been here at the shelter. I was pretty scared at first, but not anymore!

Drizzy, a two-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix, arrived on July 29th as a stray. He was extremely fearful, “pancaking” in his kennel with his head on the floor between his paws and trembling. The first time I met him for pictures, he was very worried and I felt so sorry for him.

OHS Trainer Karla started working with him immediately. On Sunday we saw how her work has paid off. Drizzy is now an absolutely delightful, goofy, happy dog. He still can be nervous around new people, but given some time and slow introductions, he does well. He prefers people over other dogs, so will need to be the only dog in the home.

We decided to take Drizzy out to the big yard to play. First we posed for a group photo.

Drizzy LOVES to play fetch and has so much personality that he kept us laughing. He could be a stand-up comedian.

Things didn’t always turn out as he hoped.

However, he recovered quickly!

Want to see him in action?

After a rousing game of fetch, it was time to relax under the platform.

Moments later…

Then it was time to head back into the shelter.

On the way back…

And we did.

He and Marianne enjoyed visiting.

We have no idea what this position was about.

After so much fun, Drizzy was a tired boy and it was time to leave Mary’s Place.

Drizzy is going to make some lucky family a wonderful, comedic best friend. If that family is yours, 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/

Stryker just got adopted!

Do you have a kiddie pool? A tennis ball? A love of mature, stately dogs? If so, you need to meet me!

Stryker is a senior, at ten years old, but don’t think for a minute that he has lost his zest for life. He is a Belgian Tervuren mix who loves water and tennis balls.

Stryker was found as a stray. His owner was located, but she did not want to reclaim him, as she already has three other dogs. She had many good things to say about him. He is great with kids and most other dogs, especially small ones. “He will be your shadow. He still likes to play fetch and knows commands such as ‘sit, stay, down, come, drop.'” He is playful, friendly to new people, and can be left in the house without issues.

We were smitten with Stryker the moment we met him. Here he was with Kate at his first photoshoot. He was so cooperative.

When Stryker arrived at the shelter, the med team had only good things to say about him. “Stryker is a very calm and happy dog. He was very well behaved for medical handling. He likes string cheese.” He did, however, have ear infections and skin issues which our med team cleared up. Since he has Chronic Flea Allergy Dermatitis, he will need to have monthly flea prevention medication.

Knowing that one of Stryker’s two hobbies is playing fetch, we took him to a yard. He loved it.

After a few throws of the tennis ball, Stryker was ready to settle in the shade.

Volunteer Lori is another one of Stryker’s many fans. She sent me this video of Stryker’s other hobby—splashing water!

For a family partial to seniors, looking for a no-drama, affectionate dog, Stryker might be your perfect match. If you’d like to meet him, 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/

Looking for a rather large dog? How about a REALLY large dog? That would be ME!

At 120 pounds, Ellie is a BIG girl. Her family surrendered her due to their landlord restrictions. Ellie is a Great Dane mix and is four years old.

Ellie’s former family, who had her since she was ten-weeks old, had many good things to tell us about her. “She is very energetic and just wants love and to be around people. She likes to play with toys a little and enjoys running in the yard. She loves kids and has grown up with them, but is unaware of her size.” They describe Ellie as “playful, a lap dog (!), active, and affectionate. She knows “sit” and “leave it.” She has lived with another dog her whole life. Ellie has been an outdoor dog and so will need her new family’s help and patience in becoming house-trained. Oh, and she’ll also need a feline-free home, as she has been known to chase cats.

We took Ellie out to the big yard and she enjoyed just hanging out with us.

However, posing was not a priority with her.

She just wanted to be close to us.

If you are thinking of adopting a large, loving, and active dog, Ellie just might be the one you have been looking for. If you think she might be, 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 blog, you have read about Hello, an American Staffordshire Terrier mix who is about four years old. Hello came to us as a stray and was extremely fearful at first.  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. 

Here she was with me on Sunday.

Last week, Hello got to have a special outing with Marianne and Linda to a nearby park. They had a wonderful time. Here is what Marianne wrote about it:

“Volunteer Linda and I took Hello to a local park for an outing. She is an excellent car rider and stayed in the back seat area. When we got to the park, she could not wait to walk around and explore—she has excellent leash manners, and she loves to sniff! We saw geese and ducks—she was curious but did not display any prey drive. She did walk down to the water, but did not seem interested in going in. Hello is known to have what we call stranger danger, so It was good to get her out to expose her to more people. The first person we saw walked by us but not too closely. Hello did a low growl but no barking/lunging. Shortly after that, we saw someone on a bicycle. Again she low-growled, but that was the extent of it. She is not a treat-motivated dog so distracting her can be difficult. Later on our walk, she saw two men in two different spots who were working at the park. She looked at them but did not display any of her usual stranger danger signs. None of the people that we saw made any attempt to approach us which helped her remain calm. She really enjoyed getting out, and I would take her again without hesitation. She is an absolutely delightful, affectionate dog.”

Here she was on Sunday. We spent some quality time with her in Mary’s Place. She isn’t a smiler, but notice her blurry tail!

I was touched when she put her paw on my leg.

To see my last feature of Hello, along with seeing her in action, click here and scroll down.

If Hello sounds like a dog you want to meet, 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 Talker, one of the Huskies rescued from the Oregon wildfires in September of 2020? Very shy, she slowly gained confidence as the staff worked with her. And when she was ready, she was adopted. It took time and patience when she first met her new family. But Talker (now Stormi) went home with Husky-savvy peeps and her new brother, Thor. She had never lived indoors. We got this recent update on Stormi’s very happy life.

“Stormi has completely adapted to us and our way of life. She has a really good routine with our other Husky, Thor. She loves running around the yard, going on walks, meeting new people and dogs, and she’s a really good eater!  She is still a little skittish at times and definitely doesn’t usually portray the typical Husky energy. And Thor is still her emotional support animal! She doesn’t stray far from him most times.  But she is friendly and isn’t afraid of new people anymore. She is sweet and loving and loves going camping and spending time on the river or at the beach with us. This past weekend, we went camping in La Pine and she went on our little inflatable boat with Thor and my husband and she genuinely seemed happy. We are so thankful we got the chance to bring her into our home and show her a happy, loving family life. We still think about you all at the Humane Society and all you did for these pups and we are grateful. Stormi is on the right in all three photos.” 

What a wonderful life for a very lucky Husky.

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

As always, my thanks to my photo team volunteers Marianne, Megan, Linda, Kate, and Lori.

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