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.

Chuck is an affectionate Shar-Pei mix.  He walks well on a leash and is friendly to other dogs.  He has limited vision, so would require someone with patience to help him feel comfortable in a new environment.


New Arrivals

Our sweet Mochi has had her puppies!  She gave birth to seven adorable, chunky little copies of herself, four females and three males.  She is being the best little momma ever, even though this is her first time and she is not even a year old.  Stay tuned for adorable puppy videos!


Gordo just made the trip to Oregon.  He is very fearful, and will be spending the next few weeks at a foster home where will have a chance to decompress.

Lilly is a sweet, low-rider of a pup.  She just arrived, stay tuned as we get to know her.


Recent Adoptions

Maggie has a new home!  This sweet girl was afraid of everything when she first arrived.  But with a chance to decompress and some training, she showed us what a sweet, affectionate pup she really was.  And now she has a new forever home.  Happy 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.