Why the "Wallflowers Shine Project"?

When we adopted our pup from the shelter he was extremely shy. We enrolled him in training sessions where they called him lovingly a wallflower. He was the only big dog that was put in playgroups with the tiniest of pups because he was too shy and scared to play with the big dogs. Over time this changed.

He became more confident, playful, and affectionate with all. He still was the gentlest of dogs but he was also able to hold his own with the big guys.

Dogs in shelters are too often wallflowers. Because of neglect, like insufficient training or exercise or simply from being ignored, they seldom have a chance to show their true personalities, especially while sitting behind bars. We will try to change that. 

Getting them out of the shelter environment, working with them to develop social skills, confidence, and trust, while showing and teaching respect, will give them the chance to shine.

Adoptable Dogs

We are taking applications for Mochi's puppies.  They will be available on 7/24, at 8 weeks of age.

After a busy weekend, we have just Purdy left looking for her forever home.  She is a wonderful combination of sweet, affectionate and adventurous. 

According to their DNA results, they are largely a mix of terrier and Australian Cattle Dog.  They will be medium sized, as Mochi is 44 lbs.


They are smart, playful and affectionate, and are beginning to show their individual personalities.


This handsome fellow is Martin.  He is approximately 6 years old, and probably a hound mix.  He is a bit reserved at first, but warms up as he gets to know you.  He needs a home that understands large dogs and leadership, as he thrives in a structured environment.

Sweet Mochi is ready for her forever home.  One of our goofiest pups, she loves people and attention.


Gordy, now Sterling, is ready for his new home.  Initially very fearful, he is coming out of his shell and showing us what a sweet boy he is.  He loves other dogs and would do best in a home with a four-legged best friend.

Freya is very friendly, intelligent and very well trained.  She is a dominant female, so would do best with someone that has shepherd experience and can provide the structure she needs.

New Arrivals


Finley just arrived!  A friendly Shepherd mix girl, she is settling in.  We will keep you posted as we get to know her better.

This handsome boy is Ocho.  He just arrived here in Oregon, and will be staying with a foster for a while as he decompresses.

Recent Adoptions


Maggie has a new home, and we couldn't be happier for her!  Spot, now Milo, was our first adoption of this year.  His parents decided he needed a new pal, so they came to visit us again, and we introduced them to Maggie.  It only took a few minutes for them to become best pals, and now Maggie has the best home ever!

What's Happening

We’re excited to have completed our dog cottage. The cottage is designed to safely and comfortably house our dogs during their temporary stay at our rescue. It is surrounded by a fully fenced play yard where they can release some energy and where we can work on some training and socialization with them. We are able to accommodate 6 dogs. All kennels are heated/air conditioned. Woohoo!


Our Mission

The Wallflowers Shine Project is a registered 501 c (3) non-profit organization which is dedicated to rescuing the abandoned, rehabilitating the neglected, and finding loving forever homes for all while actively promoting and encouraging the adoption of shelter animals.