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Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,

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It was a usual busy week for the staff at OHS-Salem. Kitten season is in full swing and many litters continue to arrive at the shelter. New dogs are surrendered and strays are accepted, as well. Happily, families continue to adopt. During the past week, there were the following dog adoptions.

There were several dogs whom I didn’t get to meet before they went home. They were, Beau, Tucker, Spiderman and Lumalee


This gentle giant was adopted very soon after I took his pictures which made us all happy, as even with a double kennel, he was huge!


He is such a nice boy. Glad he wasn’t at the shelter for long!


Ah, the joys and challenges of adopting a puppy! Zuri, at five months, is a clown and full of energy. She will keep her new family on their toes!


Stunner really is stunning! He is a wonderful dog and will be a fantastic companion. Lucky family!

Emmy Lou

This sweetheart will bring her new family much joy.


This little pup is such a sweet boy. He will be such a joy (and a challenge, he’s a puppy!) to his new family.


This girl wasn’t at the shelter very long and is such a good dog. Happy for both her and her new family. I was going to feature her this week and so glad I don’t have to!

This stunning giant is such a gentle soul. We are so happy he is now with his new family.


Drum roll, happy dance! Our long-termer Checkers was adopted today! We are overjoyed he is finally in a loving home.

Please Note: The dogs I feature in this section are available for adoption as of today, July 26, 2023. 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.

“The shelter is open for walk-through viewing and meet-and-greets 10 AM – 7 PM seven days per week. Meet-and-greets are done on a first-come/first-served basis. The shelter address is 4246 Turner Rd. SE, Salem.

When you come to the shelter and see a pet you are interested in meeting, please take note of the pet’s name and visit the front desk in the lobby. Our Customer Care team will be happy to assist you with the next steps.”

They call me Sweetie here. Wanna know why? Well, come and meet me and I’ll show you!

Sometimes a shelter name just fits a dog perfectly. Sweetie is an example. A one-year-old American Pit Bull mix, Sweetie was found as a stray and after getting over initial shyness, she has been making staff and volunteers laugh since she arrived July 4th.

Here she was shortly after she came to the shelter, not at all sure who we were or what we expected from her. Her tail was tucked and she wasn’t about to smile.

She did start to warm up to us in Mary’s Place that Sunday and we began to see a little bit of her personality, here with Kate.

Before she came to us, Sweetie had been on her own for several weeks until one day when she hopped into a Good Samaritan’s car. Our Humane Officer brought her to the shelter and wrote, “Reasonable on a leash, great car rider, curled up and snored all the way here!”

Being only about a year old, Sweetie still has a lot of puppy behavior, including mouthiness when she is over-stimulated. But she is extremely treat-motivated and a quick learner, so positive, rewards-based training will work well with her. She is an affectionate, eager, and happy girl.

On Sunday we took Sweetie out to a yard to see if she liked to play fetch. She did. Her favorite toy was the “baguette,” which got quite soggy after many throws.

After romping, Sweetie settled in for some attention from Marianne, Kate, and Megan.

Then it was time for Mary’s Place and she loved it.

Even though Sweetie is only a year old, she has a couple of medical issues that her new family will need to be aware of. One is hip dysplasia. Maintaining a healthy diet and weight, and making sure she has exercise, will be important. There is no cure for hip dysplasia, but it can be managed. Her other condition is sialadenitis. Our shelter vet explains, “Sialadenitis refers to inflammation of the salivary gland. Treatment of sialadenitis includes antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication. At this time Sweetie has responded well to medical treatment.”

I can’t remember another dog who had such an endearing face that tugs at one’s heart.

Sweetie can’t wait to go home with her new family. Could it be yours? If you’d like to meet Sweetie, come to the shelter where she’ll be waiting for you.

I first came here as a puppy. I just need to find the right person who needs me. Could it be you?

Snow arrived at the shelter in February as a pup. He was an adorable four-month-old Siberian Husky mix with huge stand-up ears.

Snow was adopted once, but returned because he was too active for the family. A couple of months later, he was adopted again. But in June, he was found as a stray, taken to another shelter that then contacted OHS-Salem. On June 22nd, he came back to us, a much bigger pup.

Snow, now nine months old, still has a lot to learn. He is not a dog for the casual owner. But for someone willing to put in the time and patience that Snow deserves, he will turn into a wonderful family member. Being the smart, treat-motivated dog that he is, Snow will be an eager student. He will need work on polite leash-walking and impulse control. When excited, Snow can become jumpy and mouthy. Having been in shelters much of his young life, he needs a home in which to decompress and a yard for romping. And he LOVES to romp. Here are some comments from volunteers: “Secret to Snow and his pulling/energy—take out to a yard and take two throw toys. Play relay. It gets him tired!” “Very sweet boy, very treat-motivated and only jumped on me once! Loves the pool and bobbing for tennis balls!” “He had a great time in pool and with big red egg. LOVES water! Lies in the pools.”

Snow can be reactive and too much for some other dogs. Any dog he would be living with should be as big as he is and will need to have a dog meet to make sure their play styles are compatible.

On Sunday, Kate and I took Snow out to a yard to play fetch to expel some energy before taking him into Mary’s Place. He had a great time. He, too, liked the “baguette.”

After some running, he was happy to settle down in the shade.

Next we headed into Mary’s Place. He tried really hard to be a good boy, and we were pleased.

Kate fixed him a food puzzle which he figured out in seconds.

He hoped I had some treats.

Snow has not had an easy first nine months. He has been in shelters and in several different homes. He and we are hoping that his next adopter will be someone with experience, patience, and understanding who will be his forever person.

If you think you would be a good fit with Snow, come and spend some time with him at the shelter. He can’t wait to meet you.

Do you have a large fenced yard where I could practice my herding skills? Would you enjoy agility training with a dog? If so, can we talk?

If you have had any experience with Border Collies, you know they have a LOT of energy and need a job. Yoda is a two-year-old Border Collie mix who is looking for an active family who has the time to give him the energy outlet he needs.

Yoda used to live on a farm and took his job of herding the cattle seriously. However, he was re-homed to a family living in an apartment and they soon realized it was not the right situation for a young, exuberant dog. So they surrendered him, hoping that a family with a yard and the time to give him what he needs would find him.

Here is what the American Kennel Club says about Border Collies: “A remarkably bright workaholic, the Border Collie is an amazing dog. These energetic dogs will settle down for cuddle time when the workday is done. Borders are athletic, medium-sized herders. On the move, Borders are among the canine kingdom’s most agile, balanced, and durable citizens. The intelligence, athleticism, and trainability of Borders have a perfect outlet in agility training. Having a job to perform, like agility or herding or obedience work is key to Border happiness.” (https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/border-collie/)

Yoda has a good history with children and has lived with other dogs. His owner wrote, “He is high energy, loves people, loves to run and play, loves other dogs and plays constantly.” Yoda is treat-motivated and knows the cues for sit and stay. Camp Paws & Whiskers for kids is going on right now at the shelter, and volunteer Marianne wrote, “Yoda was really great with the camp kids, he knows some cues, pretty good on leash, really nice boy.”

I met Yoda for the first time on Sunday and he was a little shy at first, and while he loved my treats, was leery of my camera and tried to hide behind Megan.

He warmed up to Megan very quickly.

Border Collies are empathetic and Yoda didn’t want to hurt my feelings.

It didn’t take long for Yoda to relax in Mary’s Place and he had a lot to say.

He wanted to make sure potential adopters knew he’d make a great companion and helper.

If Yoda sounds like the pal you’ve been looking for, come to the shelter and visit him.

We’re hoping that this week’s three featured dogs will be in their new homes by my next post.

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

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 at this link.

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