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Training dogs saves lives


Our rescue was established in 2018. Over the years we've realized that training plays an essential part in a dog's success in the home. Training oftentimes prevents dogs from being returned to the rescue or shelter they came from. We've therefore improved upon the way we do things and training is now an integral part of our rescue and rehoming process. We've participated in many training workshops, have shadowed some of the best trainers in the industry, and are continuous students of dog behavior and psychology. All of our dogs complete standard training and adopters are given the information and tools needed to continue their training with our support. A well-educated owner and a trained dog are the best combination for a successful and satisfying relationship that will last a lifetime. 


Why the "Wallflowers Shine Project"?


When we adopted one of our personal dogs from a shelter, he was extremely shy and timid. We enrolled him in training classes where they lovingly called him a wallflower. Training helped him gain confidence and brought out the best in him. It made him shine. 


The majority of dogs in shelters have experienced neglect in its many forms. Many have been undersocialized, have received very little mental or physical stimulation, are misunderstood in terms of what their breed needs to succeed, and have received very little to no training. 

The vast majority of shelter dogs are great dogs. Many are wallflowers that are just waiting for an opportunity to shine. We give them that opportunity. We see their potential. We bring out the best in them through clear communication and expectations. We provide them with what they likely never had; structure, guidance, rules, boundaries, and consistency so their future will be much brighter than their past. 

Adoptable Dogs

Indie is a handsome, friendly boy who would make an awesome adventure partner for an active person.


This adorable little hippo is Esther.  She is potty trained, crate trained and is learning her leash skills.  Very sweet and adjusting well to life outside the shelter.  She is the life of the party, loves to play, loves her toys and is a very fun dog to have around.  She has typical pittie energy, after a round of playing or hiking, then is happy to snooze on the couch next to you.

This is Betsy.  She is a petite little lady of about 40 lbs.  Very sweet, and very smart, we think she may have some Australian Shepherd in her.  She is learning some leash skills while showing us her playful side.  She must go to an active home, someone who likes to bike, hike, etc., as she is no couch potato.


New Arrivals

Cuteness overload, look who is here! 

Mama Eve and her adorable family have arrived in Oregon.  Eve is very sweet and a wonderful mom to these five adorable pups.  Everyone is doing well, and we are so excited to have them staying with us.


Two of these sweet boys have found their new homes, and are doing great.  The third is still with his foster, where he is gaining confidence and practicing his leash skills.


This sweet girl is Pippy.  She is currently staying with a foster, where she is showing off what a sweet, well-mannered girl she is.

Paisley arrived at her foster home, and is already doing so well.  Stay tuned as we get to know her better.


Recent Adoptions


Carrie has a new home!  This girl is just the sweetest, and one of our favorites.  So when one of our previous adopters asked if they could meet her, we were delighted.  Now she has the best home ever!  To a wonderful life sweet girl!


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. 

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