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By Nichole Myers-Youngquist, CPDT-KA, WHS Behavior & Training Instructor Each December, WHS staff and volunteers come together to celebrate our accomplishments and enjoy one another’s

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

This week’s post is packed full of wonderful dog news! There were SIX fantastic adoptions to report, three exceptional dogs featured who are waiting for just the right homes, and a happy update. Sit down, relax, and read all about some incredible dogs.

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Happy Thanksgiving from WHS shelter dogs! This week’s post is special. It includes six adoptions, a Thanksgiving photo shoot, three dogs who are hoping for new families soon, two wonderful updates and some sweet puppy pictures of Jack and Snoop!

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
This week’s post is packed with some terrific adoptions, four wonderful dogs who are hoping their forever families will find them soon, two happy updates, and a touching memorial. So find a comfortable chair, put your feet up, a…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

In this week’s post, Odin gets adopted (again), Sherlock gets to go to the coast, Osha shows her delightful romps, and there is a special note about Jack and Snoop.

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
There were two dog adoptions last week, and they were very special ones.
Cooper
Our sweet Cooper has arrived at his new home in—wait for it—San Francisco, California! Here’s what WHS Trainer Nicole wrote: “Cooper will be Cali…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
It is always such a thrill when two dogs who are the best of friends are adopted together. Hillary and Hubert were found as strays and it was obvious they were best friends. Last week they were adopted by the same family!
&…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
There were three very happy dog adoptions during the last week. Remember Bruno from my previous post? He has left the building and is adjusting to his new life with his new people. We are so happy for this young boy who couldn’t…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
I am amazed and thrilled to report that even in the midst of the pandemic, last week SEVEN of our shelter dogs found their new homes!
Emilio
Trixie (Her new brother is Max, on the left.)
Red (He fell instantly in love w…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
It’s been another week of COVID-19 appointment-only dog meets, but that hasn’t stopped five wonderful adoptions! We are so grateful that families continue to find their new best friends at WHS.
Pipper
This was Pipper’s second…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
There was one fantastic dog adoption this week!
Our sweet boy, Chico, who has been at WHS three times in his seven years, has found his perfect retirement home! Here he was about to go home with his new person. WHS Trainer Ni…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
There were several more wonderful dog adoptions during the past week at Willamette Humane Society, and staff sent me pictures of some of the happy newly-formed families.
Baby
Here is senior Baby (13 years old) about to head t…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
We had wonderful dog adoptions this week and WHS staff sent me both going-home and some at-home pictures!
Hank
How difficult is it to get a sixth-month-old Lab pup to look at the camera with his new family? These pictures say…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
Once again this week Willamette Humane Society had some wonderful dog adoptions including Stella, here with her new person. Thanks to staff for sending me this happy going-home photo.
The shelter continues adoptions by a…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
We had some more wonderful dog adoptions last week despite having to adopt through appointments only. Here are a couple of pictures of two happy new families taken by staff.
Rudy
Here’s what WHS Trainer Nichole wrote: “Marvel…

Skye Can't Stop Smiling

We have a happy story to share with you about this sweet pup named Skye. Does she look familiar? She was part of our shelter

Tyson Falls in Love

Much of the news we’ve seen about COVID-19 has been sad, scary, or both. But sometimes, there’s a bright light shining behind the darkest cloud.

Monty Completes a Family

We all need good, happy stories. Today, we thought we’d share an update about Montenegro here. This pretty guy was a transfer from a partner

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
It’s been another great Willamette Humane Society week with SEVEN very happy dog adoptions. Here are two that appeared in last week’s post and one who would have appeared this week if he hadn’t gotten scooped up so quickly!
Wa…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
Willamette Humane Society continues to complete adoptions by appointment only, but that has not discouraged the wonderful matching of dogs with their perfect fits of families. During this past week, there were FIVE such happy ne…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
Happy National Rescue Dog Day! Yep, it’s really a thing!
“National Rescue Dog Day was founded by Tails That Teach, Inc. to bring awareness to the countless number of amazing dogs in shelters waiting to be adopted, to promote hum…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
Let’s start out with some happy news. The Adoption Team has been working very hard, studying applications to find the perfect family fits for our available dogs. I’m thrilled to report that since my last post, SIX dogs have…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
Last week I told you about what we at the shelter fondly and happily call a “foster failure.” This term refers to a person or family who agrees to foster a dog in need with absolutely no intention of keeping it. Then, over time,…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Loves,
There were three special dog adoptions last week in the midst of these challenging times. Since I’ve written about all three of the dogs in my posts, I thought I’d let readers know they are now happily in their forever homes.

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
Most of our Willamette Humane Society shelter dogs are continuing to spend time in their foster homes and loving every moment. WHS is keeping people safe while continuing to match dogs and cats with their perfect fits of fa…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
As I start this post, it’s a perfect spring day here in the Northwest which boosts our spirits as we continue to navigate through these uneasy weeks. One of the silver linings during this time is that so many of our shelter…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
As we continue to navigate through these strange and difficult days, dogs, oblivious to world events, are happy, eager, and wonderful stress-relievers for the rest of us. They are absolutely delighted that their people are stayi…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
This is going to be a happy post about five shelter dogs who are living wonderful lives with the people who love them. There couldn’t be a better time for some happy adoption stories.
First a shelter update: Willamette Humane So…

I Found a Stray. Now What?

It’s a common scenario. You head outside to sip your morning coffee, and you find an animal that isn’t yours. What should you do next?

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
Have you been wondering what social distancing looks like at the shelter? Well, wonder no more! Here we were on Sunday. I was catching up with pictures of new dogs with my wonderful photo team. That’s Mr. Wiggles with Marianne a…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
This isn’t going to be one of my usual posts. On a personal note, I live in a continuing care retirement community. As the coronavirus has spread, those of us in independent living situations have grown very concerned about the …

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
Although this is a “dog blog,” this week I want to tell you about a special cat adoption.
Dillon arrived at the shelter on February 1. She had lived happily in the same home for thirteen years, but her person became ill and had …

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
Sunday was another Shelter Storytime morning and I couldn’t resist taking more pictures of kids reading to our shelter dogs.
What a wonderful program for both the kids and our dogs!
We had it all decided before I arrived…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
I have some very happy news with which to begin this post. Last week I was lucky enough to meet two families who adopted two of our terrific dogs, and I want you to see the happy pre-adoption pictures.
Bentley
It was love at …

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
This week I’m going to tell you about a terrific adoption and feature three wonderful dogs who are looking for special homes to meet their individual needs.
Bonnie was surrendered at the end of January. She was very shy and fe…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
I want to start this week with some fantastic news.
Our Toby was adopted! Toby has been waiting for his perfect family fit since July. I’ve written about him in my blog many times. Sunday was his day! I was so glad I could ta…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
This week I’m starting out with a dog that I first wrote about in my January 8th post who is still waiting for his perfect fit of a home. Maybe a new reader will happen to see my blog and realize that their family would be just …

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
We know that dogs come in all shapes and sizes. This week I’m going to tell you about three who are very different in size, personality, and in their wishes for their homes-to-be. Maybe one of them will be your perfect fit of a …

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
I never get tired of seeing children reading to our shelter dogs and I hope you don’t, either. When I arrived at WHS on Sunday, the kids were setting up and picking out the first dogs they wanted to read to. Once they were settl…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
This week I’m going to tell you about some recent arrivals to the shelter who are hoping to find their new families soon. The January weather has been very rainy, so most of Sunday’s pictures were taken inside Mary’s Place where…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
I arrived at the shelter on Sunday, camera in hand, knowing exactly what three dogs I would feature in this week’s post: Dante, Frito, and Tucker. We spent a long time with all three and I took lots of pictures and we talked abo…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Happy New Year to my Fellow Dog Lovers!
We’re hoping that 2020 will be an exceptional year for cat and dog adoptions at Willamette Humane Society!
Moose was our last 2019 dog adoption and we were over the moon. He has been waiting a long time for his p…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,
Merry Christmas! Since this week’s blog post falls ON Christmas Day, I decided to do something different. Here is a musical Christmas card from the shelter dogs at Willamette Humane Society! They all wish you a very Merry Christ…

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs

Merry Christmas Fellow Dog Lovers!
It’s the week before Christmas and the shelter dogs are getting into the holiday spirit. To their delight, Santa even stopped by WHS on Sunday to say hi. (Did you know that Santa has a special love for all shelte…