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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

On this Thanksgiving eve, our current available shelter dogs want everyone to know what they are thankful for, so here they are in their own barks.

Happy Thanksgiving!











If you would like to meet any of the dogs above, fill out the Adoption Questionnaire by clicking on his/her picture and then on the link Adopt Me found here  oregonhumane.org/adopt/salem-shelter-adopt-dogs/

After several days of no dog adoptions last week, we were excited when there were EIGHT since Saturday.


This shy, sweet girl was found as a stray. We are so happy she now has a family.

Miss Piggy

Miss Piggy (Missy to her friends) was adopted. This extremely shy girl will need patience to blossom into the wonderful dog she will be, but she will be so worth the effort.


Our wonderful senior girl, Rita, is 11 years old, but you’d never know it. She is a lap dog through and through and loved by everyone at the shelter. So happy that she is now in her retirement home!


I had planned to feature Everest in this post, but a delightful family came to meet him on Sunday and it was love at first paw. I was so glad I was there to get their going-home pictures. Everyone was so excited!


Sugar was also adopted on Sunday, but I had already left. Thanks to volunteer Kate for her going-home photo.


This delightful boy was adopted on Tuesday. Lucky family! Such a handsome young dog, here with Marianne last week.


Our very exuberant puppy, Molly, was adopted on Tuesday! She is so eager to learn, she will keep her family laughing while they train her to be a wonderful companion. Here she is with Linda who loved working with her on Sunday.


Our sweet Penny was also adopted on Sunday afternoon! Marianne had planned a “Meet Penny Day” and so we had her in the Ed Hall when we found out a family had called and was coming to meet her. They spent a lot of time with all of us and the young girls were so good with Penny. We were thrilled that they decided to take her home. She’s going to have a wonderful new life!

Please Note: The dogs I feature in this section are available for adoption as of today, November 23, 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 have won over many people here at the shelter. And I feel much better than I did when I arrived. I’m ready for a new start with a new family. Could it be yours?

Midas is a three-year-old Lab mix who is such a goofy, fun boy with a ready smile.

On September 30th, Midas was surrendered due to his chronic skin issues. When he arrived, he was quite thin and his coat was missing a lot of hair. But now, after several weeks of medication and special food, he looks and feels like a different dog. His last vet check note read, “Overall greatly improved.” His new family will need to be willing and able to keep up with his medication and special diet. But don’t think for a minute that this dog isn’t worth the expense.

Midas loves people and wants to be with them. He has lived happily with a cat and children. His former family reported that he got along well with other dogs. Because of the stress of a shelter environment, Midas has shown some reactivity toward other dogs, so would need to meet any dog he will be living with.

Midas prefers to be inside with his family. He has been known to chew on inappropriate items when left alone too long, so a home where there is someone there much of the time would be ideal. He is house-trained and has not had accidents. His former family describes him as affectionate and friendly with visitors. He knows several cues including sit, stay, down, and come. His favorite thing to do is go on walks.

On Sunday we took Midas into the Ed Hall for some playtime. He LOVED the GFB (Giant Fluff Ball) and even entertained shelter visitors walking by the window. He was thrilled when he discovered it “honked.”

He also enjoyed playing catch and showing off his skills.

Midas also enjoys pets and scratches. Linda found the perfect spot!

Midas is a loving, happy, playful young dog. We’re hoping the right family who will keep him healthy will find him soon. If you are that 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/

I’m young and a tad exuberant, I’m told. But I’ll do my best to be a great new family addition!

Chance is a young, happy boy at two years old. He is a Chow Chow/Newfoundland mix who is looking for an active family with whom he can go on adventures.

Chance’s family surrendered him because he was too energetic for their lifestyle. His former family described him as “affectionate, playful, friendly, independent and very active.” His favorite activity was to run and play with “his toy elk.” When his family was away, he was left free in the house and did fine. However, if they were gone too many hours, Chance would have accidents. Chance has not learned to play well with other dogs, according to his former people, and would prefer to be the only pet in the house. He has lived with several children and done well with them.

When Chance was assessed upon his arrival at the shelter, the trainer wrote, “Chance seems to be a friendly dog with lots of energy and curiosity about the world around him.”

Here he was at his first meeting with Marianne.

He was happy to meet all of us and loved cheese bits.

We took him into the Ed Hall and he enjoyed some pets and scratches.

He enjoyed exploring the room.

For the right family who will help Chance be the great dog he wants to be, he will be a delightful new member. If you are interested in meeting him to see if he fits well with your lifestyle, 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/

I’m a Lab. What else do you need to know about me? Who doesn’t love a Lab?

Luke is a goofy, happy, six-year-old Lab mix who is looking for a new family to love. He lived in his former home since he was eight weeks old. Recently, he had not been getting along with the other resident dog, so though his people loved him, they decided he would be happier in a different home.

Luke’s former family had lots of good things to tell his new peeps.”Luke is very sweet and loves to cuddle. He is a typical Lab, meaning he has no sense of personal space. He LOVES hiking, walks, swimming, camping, the beach, toys, sticks and is VERY food-driven. He needs a very active family who has a lot of time for him with exercise and adventures. Luke is affectionate and playful and thinks he is a lap dog. He is friendly with visitors and is a ‘talker.’ He knows the cues for sit, down, speak and shake. He loves sticks, the orange balls that float, any food or treat, swimming, rivers, lakes and the beach.”

In the spirit of full disclosure, Luke loves going for walks so much that at the beginning of an outing, he pulls—hard. He knows he needs to work on the skill of polite leash-walking and promises that when he gets his new family, he will try his best to be calm. His other issue is his weight. He doesn’t like to discuss it, but the word “obese” was used by the vet during his check-in. At the moment Luke is 83 pounds. More exercise and fewer treats will help him to slim down.

Luke is house-trained and only got out of his yard once “through a hole in the fence and ran across the street to say hello to the neighbors.” He has lived with cats (4) and children happily. “He LOVES kids. He is just not always mindful of his size.”

Here he was with Kate shortly after he arrived at the shelter. He seemed to enjoy posing with a friend.

On Sunday we took him into the Ed Hall and he had a blast. While Luke is eager to play with toys, he seems to be conflicted on which toy to grab. And in the end, he’d rather be with his people, like Megan.

He wanted to pose for a picture with Linda.

Note: Luke is temporarily off the website due to a medical check. He’ll be available again, soon. Watch for him on the website below.

If you would like a happy-go-lucky, enthusiastic 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/


We knew when this sweetheart arrived at the shelter that she wouldn’t be around for long.

We were right. Here is a happy update from her new family.

“Nova fit into our family like she’s always been here. Nova and Lucas are becoming very close.”

On that very happy note, that’s it for this week! Happy Thanksgiving from all of us!

As always, I am thankful for 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