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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

We are always happy when a shelter dog is adopted, and small dogs are usually adopted very quickly. It is the larger dogs who tend to be our long-termers. So when there are several large dogs adopted in the same week, it is especially gratifying. Last week was such a week. Adoption Specialist Sasha took many of the following going-home pictures.

We did have one small-dog adoption—Ozzie—from his foster home. I never got a chance to meet him.


Our delightful youngster, Luna, went home with her new family on Wednesday. She is such a wonderful girl. Lucky family.


Taz, an immediate favorite of many at the shelter, was adopted on Thursday! Such a good boy!


Our sweet Nova went to a wonderful home where she has a new brother named Lucas who is about her age. She is going to be so happy!


Our huge, beautiful, affectionate girl, Ellie, was adopted on Friday!


This sweetheart got adopted pretty quickly after she arrived. She will be a terrific family dog. And I don’t think we’ve ever had a happier going-home picture, thanks to Adoption Specialist Sasha.


We all fell in love with this good boy. So glad his new family finally found him.


Remember Dante and his beloved green squeaky squirrel? He got to take it home with him! We had so much fun with this special boy.


Major has been waiting so long for his forever family. Today they found him. We are so happy he is finally out of the shelter.

Sasha already got an update on the boy. It isn’t taking him long to settle into his new home.


He is such a special boy and we were amazed he hadn’t been adopted quickly. But his new person found him on Monday and took him home. He’ll be a fantastic new family member. Thanks for the going-home picture, volunteer Susan.


We knew this puppy wouldn’t be around long and we were right. Such a nice pup. Thanks for the stunning pictures, photographer volunteer Lori!

Please Note: The dogs I feature in this section are available for adoption as of today, September 14, 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 was found by a nice person and brought to the shelter. Everyone here thinks I’m a very good boy. I can’t wait to have a new family!

Jake is a Pit Bull Terrier mix and is about five years old. While we don’t know his history, we do know how nice he’s been since arriving. Volunteer Marianne wrote, “Very, very sweet boy! Great on leash! LOVES people so much—enthusiastically greets everyone. No reactivity to other dogs.”

Jake seemed to enjoy posing for pictures with Marianne.

We took him into Mary’s Place to get to know him a little bit and he didn’t hesitate to jump right up on the couch.

He also liked toys.

Since Jake is a stray, we don’t know anything about how he’d be with cats, dogs, or children. However, because he’s not a youngster, and may have some arthritis in his back legs, he’d probably do best with a dog close to his age. Also we have found that he does not like his feet touched. Jake’s new family will need to help him lose the excess pounds he’s carrying which are weighing on his joints.

Jake has become a favorite of many at the shelter. We’re hoping he’ll be adopted soon. If you’d like to meet this sweet boy, 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 was adopted once, but it wasn’t the right fit for me. So now I’m back, hoping that I’ll soon find my forever people.

If you are a regular reader of my blog posts, you’ll remember Peaches, our three-year-old Hound mix. While her former adopted family returned her, they wrote, “She is very sweet and did well with children and other dogs, she just isn’t the right fit for us.” And so Peaches is patiently waiting for another family who will be her best match.

I featured Peaches in my August 10th post. Here she is again.

Peaches is a big girl at 81 pounds. She was found as a stray, so we don’t know anything about her past. The officer who picked her up, reported, “She is VERY SHY, friendly when she warms up, good car rider.” Since she has been at OHS, Peaches has settled in and shown her true personality. She’s an affectionate, playful dog—in slow motion. She walks pretty well on leash, though at times will pull a little.

Peaches loves the couch in Mary’s Place and takes up most of it when she stretches out.

But she’s happy to share it, too, here with Marianne.

She loves pillows.

She also likes the green ball. So we decided to see if she’d play fetch. She did—slowly. Yes, the following video is in real time.

She enjoys treats, cheese is a favorite.

She seemed to enjoy posing for my camera, here with Megan.

Peaches loves Blanket Time.

Peaches is a peach of a dog. She will need a home without small animals and a family who will enjoy her laid-back lifestyle. We don’t know her history with other dogs, so she will need to meet any dog she will be going home with. If you think your home might be the perfect fit for Peaches, 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 read my posts regularly, you will remember Cowboy.  He is a twelve-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix who arrived at the shelter on June 16th. I first featured him in my June 20th post.

He was a volunteer favorite and we so hoped he’d be adopted quickly, but he wasn’t. When he was still waiting on July 25th, he was transferred to our OHS Portland campus, hoping that there he would find his perfect home. He did.

OHS Portland volunteer Julie, who reads my posts, emailed me this wonderful news: “When I saw Cowboy at our facility, I immediately recognized him from your July 20th feature. My friend Kallie is a volunteer and promptly added your information to Cowboy’s adoption profile and he had 6 adopters interested almost immediately. Cowboy was adopted within days.”

And then, a few weeks later, I got this from Julie: “Cowboy’s lovely adopters sent in this Happy Tails update.”

“We adopted 12-year-old Cowboy on August 1st, 2022. Unfortunately, he almost immediately came down with a serious case of pneumonia and we weren’t sure he was going to make it. OHS’s Outpatient Clinic team was so helpful and supportive of him as we tried to get him healthy again. It took a few weeks, a lot of antibiotics, and two stays at Dove Lewis but he is finally feeling better and showing his personality. He is a super sweet, cuddly, and silly boy. He was previously an outside dog but has settled into being an indoor dog by learning how to do the stairs and discovering the couch is a nice place to sleep. He wants to be wherever we are and loves ear scratches and belly rubs. He is very gentle when taking treats. He doesn’t seem to hear much, but is quickly picking up on hand targeting as a visual cue to “come.” Tennis balls are his favorite toy and we discovered this week that he has quite a talent for catching them in his mouth!”

What a wonderful outcome for this very special dog. Sometimes adoptions take a village.

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 thanks to Photographer Lori, Adoption Specialist Sasha, volunteer Susan, and OHS Portland campus volunteer Julie!

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