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


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.

This is Brodie.  Friendly, affectionate, we are still working on his leash manners as the whole leash thing seems to be new to him.


Adorable Arnie just arrived at our rescue.  He is 44 lbs. of cuteness.  He needs to learn a few manners, but is otherwise awesome.

Chuck is an affectionate, energetic Shar-Pei mix.  He has limited vision, so will need someone with patience in working with him.  He is a sweet boy, gets along well with other dogs and walks well on a leash, so will make a wonderful companion for the right person.


New Arrivals

Mochi is a sweet pup currently in a foster home.  She will be joining us soon.

Lolly is an affectionate girl who should be the only dog in her home.


Recent Adoptions

Sweet Cinnamon has found her forever home.  Initially shy around people, especially men, she quickly grew comfortable with this family.  And the feeling was mutual!

What's Happening

We’re excited to having almost finished 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 and are looking to eventually house a few cats as well. We will post more pictures soon.

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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.