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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

The dog adoptions have slowed this week, but we still had several excellent ones. Here they are.


Max is a senior at twelve years old with a ton of energy and love to give. He went home with another dog. I was happy that I was there to get his going-home picture. Such a great little dog!

Fozzie Bear

This boy gained a lot of confidence during his stay with us. Glad he now has a forever home. Thanks to volunteer Kate for his going-home picture.


I met Frankie on Sunday, was instantly smitten, and planned to feature him in this post. What a fabulous dog! Someone recognized what a good boy he is and adopted him at the end of the day on Sunday. I took lots of pictures of him when I thought I would feature him. Here are a few.

Please Note: The dogs I feature in this section are available for adoption as of today, November 16, 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’m a youngster with a lot of fun energy and a ton of love to give my new family! Maybe it’s yours?

When Tinkerbell was first surrendered she was very nervous and shy, and it showed in her first picture.

But since her arrival at the shelter on October 27th, her personality has blossomed and she has become a lively and affectionate girl. Kate is one of her favorite people.

On Sunday, we were unable to use Mary’s Place, but could hang out in the Ed Hall. We missed the couch, but used plenty of blankets.

Tinkerbell is a seven-month-old puppy who came to us when her family moved and couldn’t take her. She is a Lab/German Shepherd mix. She spent her young life on a farm and has a great history with children, livestock, and other dogs. She has not had much experience with people outside her family or with being where there is traffic.

We have been so surprised that she has not been adopted yet, but we think it’s because she is timid in her kennel. She has had very little training, but is doing well with learning how to walk on leash. She will need a family who, using rewards-based training, will teach her how to be part of a family. She will need help in house-training and learning that the outside world is not a scary place. Tinkerbell is very treat-motivated, so training will be fun. She is also already crate-trained. One dog walker recently wrote, “Took her in Mary’s Place and she was a sweet lover. Got lots of kisses from her.”

Megan and I decided to take Tinkerbell out to a yard to see if she would romp. Romp she did! She didn’t even need to chase a ball, she just wanted to run.

After her romp, we took Tinkerbell into the Ed Hall for some snuggles and she loved it.

Tinkerbell was thinking of all the angles of adoption with Linda.

She was so appreciative of the time we spent with her and wanted to show us.

If Tinkerbell has won your heart and you would like to meet her, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on her picture and then on the link Adopt Me found here  oregonhumane.org/adopt/salem-shelter-adopt-dogs/

All right, all you Husky lovers out there, the folks here tell me I’m just about the nicest Husky you’ll ever meet! I’ll be waiting for you in my kennel.

Burton is a two-year-old Siberian Husky mix who was found as a stray. Not every home is right for a Husky, but if you have experience with this active breed, and have space for him to play, you need to meet this stunning boy.

Since Burton arrived at the shelter on November 3rd, he has won many friends. Here are some of their comments: “Wonderful dog! Great on leash, affectionate. Loves to play with toys in Mary’s Place.” “A bit of a leash puller inside building when going out. Perfect gentleman when he walks back.” “Pulls on leash a bit at first but quickly calms down. Goofball, leans in for pets.”

Many Huskies are aloof to people, but not Burton. He is affectionate and eager to engage with walkers. We first spent time with him in Mary’s Place two weeks ago. Megan became an instant fan.

We quickly discovered he loves to play with toys, including the GFB (Giant Fluff Ball).

Outside, he was happy to pose for pictures with Marianne…for awhile.

Then he wanted to race in a yard. I have no idea why he sometimes sticks his tongue out when he runs.

Later we came into the Ed Hall and Burton enjoyed some quiet time with Linda.

Then he discovered the squeaky tennis ball.

Burton is an absolutely delightful Husky. If you think he would be a great new member of your family, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on his picture and then on the link Adopt Me found here  oregonhumane.org/adopt/salem-shelter-adopt-dogs/

My friends here at the shelter can’t believe I haven’t been adopted yet! I don’t get it, either.

I featured Penny in last week’s post, fully expecting her to be adopted by now, but it hasn’t happened. We think it’s because she is shy in her kennel. But oh, if prospective adopters would meet with her, we have no doubt she would be taken home in no time. We took her in the Ed Hall because we wanted to spend time with one of our favorites, and afterward I decided to feature her again.

Penny is an American Staffordshire Terrier mix, and first came to the shelter in March of 2020, having been found as a stray. She was about two years old. She instantly became a favorite because of her gentle nature. Penny was adopted quickly and had a happy two years. However, her family is heartbroken that they had to surrender her. They wrote, “Penny is the sweetest lapdog you ever met. She loves attention, she loves new people, loves playing with her Kong ball. She was raised with five chickens and loved them and never had any issues with them, although she will chase cats.” 

She is affectionate and playful but settles nicely. She knows the cues for sit, stay, down, come, and drop. Her favorite things to do are, “lie around, nap, and be loved on.” Penny is house-trained, and was left to roam freely in the house when her family was gone, never having any accidents. She has lived happily with three children ages two, ten, and thirteen, and loved them all. She is fearful of fireworks and other loud noises. She walks well on leash after her initial excitement wears off. Penny has not had many experiences with other dogs, and would like to meet any dog she will be living with.

To say Penny is playful is an understatement. She had us all in stitches on Sunday.

Penny is an absolute sweetheart of a dog. She is sad in her kennel. We’re hoping she won’t have to stay in it for long. If you are interested in meeting Penny,  fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on her picture and then on the link Adopt Me found here  oregonhumane.org/adopt/salem-shelter-adopt-dogs/

That’s it for this week.

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

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: oregonhumane.org/adopt/salem-shelter-adopt-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