Shelter Blogs

What is it like behind the scenes at our shelter? The funny, the touching, the surprising, the weird? This blog will tell you. You'll be hearing from me, and from other staff and volunteers, and maybe the occasional animal!

Many of the people in Washington County and the surrounding area got to know me well during the 11 years I wrote the pet column for The Oregonian. I'm hoping this blog, which I'll contribute to at least once a week, will reacquaint my Oregonian readers with me. It will also be a place where other employees and volunteers will blog, so you'll get a chance to meet them as well.

For me, this will be a place to share what it feels like to manage an animal shelter – and the animal control programs we enforce throughout the County. Mostly, it will be a fun and light look at the adventures we have here. Some days, it will be a more serious reflection. I promise it will always come from the heart.

-Deborah Wood, Animal Services Manager

Blog #1 - Sophie's Choice, by Deborah Wood, Animal Services Manager
One group's act of generosity reminds us that we are all working toward one goal as we get stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Blog#2 - Typically Atypical, by Deborah Wood, Animal Services Manager
There is no typical day at the shelter -- and that's what we love about what we do.

Blog#3 - Training Cats, by Deborah Wood, Animal Services Manager
It pays off to train your cat to come when called (I'm not making this up).

Blog#4 - Daisy's Day Out, by Daisy the Dog, Adoptable Pet
Experiencing new things can be really really really really cool!

Blog#5 - Costume Party Has Gone to the Dogs! by Deborah Wood, Animal Services Manager
I had a wonderful time judging the incredible costumes at the Potso Dog Park's annual costume contest.

Blog#6 - Black Cat Adoptions Are a Good Thing -- Really, by Deborah Wood, Animal Services Manger
There is a misconception that bad things will happen to black cats that are adopted at Halloween. It turns out to be a myth. 

Blog #7 - People Behave as Well as Cats and Dogs, by Deborah Wood, Animal Services Manager
In the Portland metro area, the animal organizations work together to help the animals.

Blog #8 -- A Very Lucky Basenji, by Deborah Wood, Animal Services Manager
Fate brings a very happy ending for a stray dog.

Blog #9 -- Even Us Weather Wimps Are Hoping for Snow, by Deborah Wood, Animal Services Manager
Why a native Oregonian and acknowledged weather wimp is rooting for snow (and why it's still the most wonderful time of the year for kitten adopters). 

Blog #10 -- Martie the Dog Speaks Out About Fame, by Martie, Adoptable Dog
I was on television this morning! Learn about my exploits! Ruff!

Blog #11 -- Winter Tips and Incredibly Cute Pictures, by Deborah Wood, Animal Services Manager
Holiday adoption thoughts, winter safety tips -- and the most adorable pictures.

Blog #12 -- A Little Holiday Merriment, by Deborah Wood, Animal Services Manager
Enjoy our version of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

Blog #13 -- The Animals Help Us as Much as We Help Them, by Deborah Wood, Animal Services Manager
Many of us adopt animals because we feel sorry for them -- only to find that we are the lucky ones who benefit from their love during tough days.

Blog #14 -- When Animals Choose Their Owners, by Deborah Wood, Animal Services Manager
We see the magic every day when animals decide which owner they want.  

Blog #15 -- What Is It with Kids These Days? by Deborah Wood, Animal Services Manager
While my fellow Baby Boomers may bash today's kids, I have a different view. Meet the kids I know!

Blog #16 -- Practically Perfect in Every Way, by Deborah Wood, Animal Services Manager
Some days, there are endings that are so happy that it brings tears to our eyes. Morgan's story was one of those for me.

Blog #17 -- The Dog Who Smuggled Drugs, by Deborah Wood, Animal Services Manager
We have a lot of unusual things happen at our shelter. Just last week, a dog smuggled in drugs. I'm not making this up.

Blog #18 -- All of our Future, by Susan Field, Public Affairs Officer
Children are the future. By teaching them to be a P.A.L. to pets, future generations of animals will be in good hands.

Blog #19 -- The Feel-Good Story of the Day! by Deborah Wood, Animal Services Manager
Read this happy story about our volunteer who had a chance encounter with a former adoptee at the dog park. I promise you will smile!

Blog#20 -- Bonnie Hays Is Adoption Central Today! by Deborah Wood, Animal Services Manager
The media covered the fact that we had a lot of small dogs looking for homes, and people came. And more people. And more....

Blog #21 -- The Perfect Day, by Deborah Wood, Animal Services Manager
Every once in a while, there is the perfect moment, the perfect day. Saturday was one of those days.

Blog #22 -- Mini-Dog Mini-Mania, by Deborah Wood, Animal Services Manager
Last week we had little dog mania. We have 5 little guys up for adoption today -- how about a mini-dog mini-mania? 

Blog #23 -- Volunteers: Our Everyday Heroes, by Deborah Wood, Animal Services Manager
Our shelter has 21 employees and 120 volunteers. Their contributions make all the difference.

Blog #24 -- Dog-Gone! by Deborah Wood, Animal Services Manager
For the first time, we adopted out every single dog waiting for a home in our shelter!