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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

With all of the holiday festivities, it’s been a somewhat slow week for adoptions at the shelter. However, there were a some very happy ones.


Frost, a stunning boy, was found as a stray and now he has a family of his own. Such a great dog! New volunteer Nyah loved him!


Happy dance! Chance has been waiting for the right fit of a family since November 15th! We’re hoping this will be his forever home.


Delgado, a nine-month-old pup went to his new home on Tuesday. So happy for this good boy!


We are over the moon! Our sweet and long-termer Goose was adopted this afternoon! Goose first came to the shelter last May. He was adopted three times, but they were never just the right fit. We’re hoping THIS time he has found his forever home. He has been one of our favorites since he first arrived.

Here is his going-home picture, thanks to Marianne.

Last week Salem was covered in ice on Friday. I had planned to meet my photo team on Saturday for new pictures and to spend time with dogs we wanted to feature in this post. However, the hills of West Salem were still ice-covered, and I could not get to the shelter. So what to do about features this week? Since I had already taken pictures of new dogs who have now become available, I decided to feature some. Because our team did not spend a lot of time with the new dogs, I only have a few pictures of each and haven’t gotten to know them. But here they are along with what we have learned about them so far.

Please Note: The dogs I feature in this section are available for adoption as of today, December 28, 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.


Tucker is a two-year-old Hound mix. He came to us from another shelter where he had been found as a stray. He is a sweet boy and is having a stressful time in the kennels. He was very cooperative for me taking his intake pictures.

We do know a few things from volunteer notes about this boy. Here are a couple: “If you like slow, steady walks, Tucker is the one! He loves stopping to smell things. He did not want to return into the kennel, but with the help of a small trail of hot dogs, he came back in like a breeze.” “Doesn’t want to go back in his kennel. I sat on floor and had hot dogs. He then slowly joined me. I stayed awhile and petted him. Then he willingly went through the back kennel divider. Good dog!”

Tucker is hoping that he won’t have to be at the shelter for much longer, he’d really like to be in a home with his new family.

Here he was last week with Nyah and Marianne.

We think Tucker will make a wonderful family dog. If you would like to meet him and see if your family would be the right fit, 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/


Bear is a stunning, nine-month-old German Shepherd mix who was taken in, along with his puppy siblings, by a caring person who can’t take care of them any longer.

Bear is quite shy and worried about new people and situations. Intake staff wrote, “Bear is slow to warm up, sweet boy once he is comfy with you, very scared and hesitant to meet new people and noises.” Bear is house-trained and is learning to walk on leash. His person described him as affectionate and playful once he feels comfortable. Bear is looking for a calm, quiet home with patient and gentle people. He will be a terrific family member once he feels safe with his new family.

Kate fell in love with him immediately and, from all indications, it was mutual.

Bear seemed to enjoy posing for pictures the day I met him. We’re hoping he’ll soon be with his new peeps.

If Bear sounds like the dog for 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/


Found as a stray, Hugo is looking for a new family. He is a two-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier mix and, at 73 pounds, he is a very sturdy boy.

When Hugo arrived at the shelter December 12th, he was very worried and it was clear he had had little training. But since the staff and volunteers have been working with him, Hugo is doing much better with walking on leash and being less jumpy. When asked about him, Marianne wrote, “Hugo is a very sweet boy. He’s somewhat nervous at the shelter and seems shy at first. I took him to a yard the other day and he really enjoyed petting and spending time with another volunteer and me. After a few minutes, he began to lean into us and really wanted more attention.”

Hugo can be fearful in new situations, so is hoping for a patient family and would like to meet any dogs he’d be living with.

He was very interested in Marianne’s treat bag.

If you think Hugo might be a good fit for 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/


I first wrote about Millie in my November 9th post here. The next week, Marianne and Linda took Millie on an excellent adventure at a park where she had a fabulous time. Before I could report on their outing, she was adopted. However, she had too much energy for the adopter, and she was returned (for the second time. The first time, she chased the resident cat). So now that she is back again, it is the perfect time to report on Millie’s Dog’s Day Out. But first, here is a little information about this nice girl.

It seems every dog breed has its devoted fans and Hounds are no exception. Millie is a five-year-old Hound mix who was found as a stray. She is a beautiful, affectionate, and gentle girl. Hounds are not the dogs for everyone. They can be vocal and usually have their nose to the ground when taking a walk. But for the right family, Hounds are playful, loving, and devoted to their people. As one dog walker wrote, “Millie will pull towards smells (typical Hound). Sweet girl! Easy to redirect.” A staff member who walked her had this to say: “Millie was an absolute dream to walk today. She doesn’t pull or jump, she takes direction very well. One of my favorite dogs to walk.”

Here are a few pictures of Megan and Millie, taken a few weeks ago, showing Millie’s affectionate nature.

Here is Marianne’s report about Millie’s Excellent Park Adventure.

“Linda and I took Millie on Dog’s Day Out today. What an adorable and sweet girl she is. She loved it, but she is a hound through and through and had to sniff all things. She’s so good on leash although she does want to go and smell stuff. She saw lots of geese and ducks as well as many humans, as there were lots of people there fishing. She handled it all perfectly. She pretty much ignored the humans but did like to look at the birds. The only time she barked was when she saw a rowboat out on the water moving along—she couldn’t figure out what it was.” Marianne also was very impressed with how well Millie rode in the car, “She was calm, rode well, looked out the windows, and stayed in back.”

Millie spotted a goose far off in the fog. She’s a Hound after all!

Yes, it’s only a leaf. Did I mention she’s a Hound?

Recently, Linda took Millie to her house for a respite. Again, Millie rode in the car well. Linda has an acre-and-a-half fenced yard and Millie had a wonderful time running and smelling so many new things. She met Linda’s husband and liked him instantly. It was another very successful outing.

We’re hoping this energetic, affectionate girl will finally find her forever home. If you think that home could be yours, 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. Hoping there will be many adoptions after the holidays!

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

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