Every year, Willamette Humane Society helps more than 3,000 pets find forever homes. During the spring and summer months, many of the pets we help
How are your enrichment activities coming?
By Nichole Myers-Youngquist, CPDT-KA, WHS Public Training Instructor In the first blog of the series, I explained the concept of enrichment. Last week, I told
As pet parents, it’s our job to keep our four-legged family members safe and sound, no matter what happens. We may not be able to
By Nichole Myers-Youngquist, CPDT-KA, WHS Public Training Instructor Last week, I told you all about the concept of enrichment and how it enhances the life
Summer is here, but so is the heat! During the summer, we take extra precautions to make sure our four-legged residents are cool and comfortable.
It comes as no surprise that owning a dog can make you happy, and being happy can lead to being healthy. It’s proven that having
I must admit, when I started working in shelter medicine, I was concerned that I would soon be running a rest home for geriatric cats
I had to go to the dentist last week and as I lay in that vulnerable position, mouth open , drill buzzing, I kept thinking
Give your bored, destructive, and trainable cat some training and enrichment. Enriching cats will make you and your cat happy.
Many people mistakenly believe that growling is aggression and should be stopped. But really, growling is great! It’s a dog’s last resort before biting.
What if your dog is shy of new people? Or, how do you make friends with a shy dog? Here are tips and tricks for greeting a shy dog.
Does your dog jump up to greet people? We can help you with solving the jumping up problem. Maybe he’s a little too friendly with
Does your cat bite, chew, yowl, or run around too much? Helping your crazy cat can be as easy as providing enrichment to fulfill their hunter instincts.
Dealing with bouncy biters is a challenge, but they can be some of the very best dogs. Learn how to help these confident, active, and smart dogs behave.
The first weeks are a stressful time when you’re bringing home a new pet. Here are tips to give your new and established pets the space, time, and tools to adjust to the new arrangement.
If you are adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue, chances are the dog you see has experienced heartbreak, at least once, maybe several times. Dogs are emotional and affiliative creatures that can form extremely strong bonds with their social partners. Learn how to bond with your dog and avoid anxiety that can lead to destructive behavior when you leave!
Your kids have been bugging you for months to get a dog! You’ve put them off for as long as possible but now your spouse is in on it, so you’d better join the club. How can you be sure you’re getting a dog that will actually be good for them and good to them?
(Salem, OR) – Willamette Humane Society (WHS) announces the 30,000th surgery performed in its spay & neuter clinic since opening in 2010. The milestone surgery
Let’s talk about how individual characteristics can be discovered in a few quick moments while visiting a shelter dog of any breed or combination of breeds.
This week, we’ll dive into why breed-types matter when selecting a random-bred or mixed-breed dog.
Learn why breeding two dogs together doesn’t make the best of those two dogs, but rather brings both the best and the worst of all of the ancestors of those two dogs into a litter of puppies.
Pumpkin pies are in the oven, wine is chilling and the guests will be arriving tomorrow, so you’ve got a couple minutes to spare. You
It’s anything but a normal time of year. As the weather cools, our activities tend toward being indoors. People come over. They bring goodies and
FREE trap rental and spay or neuter surgery for free-roaming cats in Marion & Polk Counties.
With alarming reports of violence targeting stray cats, frustrations in our community are high. The time to humanely balance the cat overpopulation is now. Don’t miss the quarterly stakeholder meeting of the Marion Polk Community Cat Program to learn more and get involved in the solution.
With the 4th of July just around the corner, and neighbors starting to set off fireworks, it’s important to make sure your dogs and cats