This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs @ Willamette Humane Society by Martha Russell

What an amazing week it has been for Willamette Humane Society! When I started volunteering seven years ago, I was often asked how I could stand spending time with shelter dogs when I couldn’t adopt them all. I was able to because I knew they were getting great care, were being walked three times a day, and had no time limit on how long they could stay waiting for a forever family. This last fact has been brought home to me lately. It has seemed that we have had so many long-termers who weren’t getting adopted and waited week after week. As I wrote about them post after post, I was grateful to volunteer at a shelter where such waiting was allowed. This last week proved once again that there is someone out there for every dog, they just have to find each other. Here are the Blog Dogs who were adopted this week. Continue reading

Letter from Rodeo: Adopt me

Rodeo here, adopt me today! Dear friends, My name is Rodeo, and I write this letter in hope of someone looking to adopt. The Willamette Humane Society has been my home for the past three months, and while it is great here – I am … Continue reading

Herding Dog Breeds

At the Willamette Humane Society, we quite frequently see Border collies, Australian shepherds, and Australian cattle dogs surrendered to our facility for a myriad of physical and psychological reasons. I personally love dogs that come from the herding group. I am drawn to their intelligence … Continue reading

Shop at Amazon Smile and Support Shelter Animals

You can support shelter animals by shopping at Amazon Smile! What is AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the … Continue reading

This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs @ Willamette Humane Society by Martha Russell

I have lots of news and pictures to show you this week, but first, one last reminder that THIS SATURDAY is the third annual WillaMutt Strut! You can still come, even if you have not yet registered. In fact, you can register on Saturday morning! The weather is supposed to be good, and I just got the itinerary for the morning. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Riverfront Park North Pavilion. There will be dog games, Flyball demonstrations, dog trick contests, the WillaMutt Contest (for the WillaMutt of the year!), and, of course, the 5K Run, 1.5K Run, 5K and 1.5K Walks. There will also be a meet and greet with a K-9 Police dog and handler as well as a demonstration. It promises to be the best WillaMutt Strut morning EVER! Don’t miss it! Continue reading

Announcing BJ Andersen as Executive Director

(Salem, OR) – Willamette Humane Society (WHS) is delighted to announce to our community that BJ Andersen has accepted the position of executive director. As a nine-year employee of Willamette Humane Society, Andersen has a deep commitment to the organization and its mission of providing … Continue reading

Volunteer News for January 13th-19th, 2014

What’s up? I apologize for not sending a newsletter last week: we had a large turnout for orientation the first Monday, and I was swamped with new volunteer interviews. 40 people attended orientation and 100% signed up for interviews. One no show, and the rest … Continue reading